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2017 World Report: Executive Director Kenneth Roth

Keynote

 
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. November 6, 2016.
The Dangerous Rise of Populism

Global Attacks on Human Rights Values

Essays

 
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The Internet is Not the Enemy

As Rights Move Online, Human Rights Standards Move with Them

 
Illustration © 2017 Brian Stauffer for Human Rights Watch
The Lost Years

Secondary Education for Children in Emergencies

 
Illustration  © 2017 Brian Stauffer for Human Rights Watch
Overreach

How New Global Counterterrorism Measures Jeopardize Rights

 
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When Exposing Abusers Is Not Enough

Strategies to Confront the Shameless

(Washington, DC, January 12, 2017) – The rise of populist leaders in the United States and Europe poses a dangerous threat to basic rights protections while encouraging abuse by autocrats around the world, Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth said today in launching the World Report 2017. Donald Trump’s election as US president after a campaign fomenting hatred and intolerance, and the rising influence of political parties in Western Europe that reject universal rights, have put the postwar human rights system at risk. 

Meanwhile, strongman leaders in Russia, Turkey, the Philippines, and China have substituted their own authority, rather than accountable government and the rule of law, as a guarantor of prosperity and security. These converging trends, bolstered by propaganda operations that denigrate legal standards and disdain factual analysis, directly challenge the laws and institutions that promote dignity, tolerance, and equality, Human Rights Watch said.