Kenneth Roth

Kenneth Roth


Former long-time executive director of Human Rights Watch, now a free agent writing a book. Still proudly "sanctioned" by the Chinese and Russian governments.

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“Russia is violating the ‘fundamental principles of child protection’ in wartime by giving Ukrainian children Russian passports and putting them up for adoption,” the U.N.'s refugee agency chief said.

That Harvard's @Kennedy_School  capitulated in my case, when I had the capacity to mobilize massive public attention, doesn’t say a lot about what it would do for less visible critics of the Israeli government. A clear statement of principle is needed.

The return of Tanzania’s leading opposition figure, Tundu Lissu, after 2+ years in exile is another indication that political freedoms are returning to the country as President Samia Suluhu Hassan rejects the autocratic rule of her predecessor, Magufuli.

The Kremlin designating the independent media outlet as Meduza “undesirable” means that "anyone in Russia who accesses the site, 'likes' any of its social media content or shares a hyperlink to an article could face fines or jail time."

The U.S. government “believes there is no chance that proposed elections in Myanmar will be free and fair.” They are just an effort by the military junta to try to give its coup more legitimacy. It won’t work.

Xi Jinping's fear: If sympathy for 10 people in Xinjiang whom the Chinese public believes died due to Xi's "zero Covid" lockdown led to large protests, what might happen over the needless death of so many people in China due to Xi's poor Covid preparation?

Harvard Kennedy School Dean Elmendorf says that the people who "mattered" to him behind his initial denial of my fellowship for criticizing Israel weren't donors. But he hasn’t offered any convincing alternative. The ball is in his court to explain.

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We shouldn't call it a "battle zone" (as this article does) when the Myanmar junta's security forces fire live ammunition at unarmed pro-democracy demonstrators. It's slaughter. And a horrible crime.

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I flew to Hong Kong to release @hrw ’s new World Report. This year it describes how the Chinese government is undermining the international human rights system. But the authorities just blocked my entrance to Hong Kong, illustrating the worsening problem.

Pakistan: An immediate, independent, transparent investigation is needed into allegations that Shahbaz Gill, a senior official with the opposition party Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI), was beaten and otherwise tortured in custody, says @hrw .

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The Chinese government's vision for UN Security Council "action." Via @AungHla55116886 

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"Pakistan’s media regulatory authority imposed a ban on the live broadcast of [Imran Khan's] speeches on news television channels. Several [sympathetic] journalists and talk show hosts...say they have been harassed & threatened by the state authorities."

Sad thing is it's hard to decide which side's lack of women is less surprising.

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