Speaking Event: Reflections on the Human Rights Movement

When & Where
World Affairs Council
312 Sutter Street 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
December 10, 2013 - 7:00pm
415 293 4600


The human rights movement has made enormous progress, with a proliferation of groups around the world addressing a growing range of rights abuses—from classic repression to economic and social rights. There are new tools, such as the International Criminal Court or the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, but also new challenges, as power diffuses away from the classic Western supporters of human rights, traditional press outlets for the dissemination of rights information diminish and the world grapples with how to address such persistent problems as the atrocities in Syria, the revived authoritarianism in Russia and Egypt and the resort to arguments of culture to repress women or LGBT people. How has the human rights movement changed to address this new environment? What have we learned from past human rights challenges and how can we apply these lessons going forward?

To mark International Human Rights Day, Kenneth Roth, who has led Human Rights Watch for over 25 years, will reflect on the progress of the global human rights movement and share his insights on the challenges and opportunities ahead.

This event is presented in partnership with Human Rights Watch.  Human Rights Watch

Speaker:  Kenneth Roth, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch

Additional Information

Members: Free; Non-Members: $15; Students: $5