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Human Rights Watch head to speak, May 1

Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, will present the 2006 Donald Bernstein '75 Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 1, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

His topic will be "Are Human Rights a Hindrance or a Necessity for Fighting Terrorism?"

Roth, who has headed Human Rights Watch since 1993, has conducted human rights investigations around the globe, devoting special attention to issues of justice and accountability for abuses of human rights, standards governing military conduct in a time of war, the human rights policies of the United States and the United Nations, and the human rights responsibilities of multinational businesses.

During Roth's tenure, the organization has quadrupled in size, expanding its geographic reach and adding special projects devoted to refugees, children's rights, academic freedom, international justice, AIDS, gay and lesbian rights, and the human rights responsibilities of multinational corporations. Human Rights Watch is now the largest U.S.-based international human rights organization and operates in some 70 countries.

Before joining Human Rights Watch, Roth was a federal prosecutor for the U.S. attorney's office for the southern district of New York and for the Iran-Contra investigation in Washington. He also worked in private practice as a litigator.

The event is sponsored by the Program in Law and Public Affairs.

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