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Melbourne: Ken Roth: The Populist Challenge to Human Rights
20 April 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law and Human Rights Watch present:
Kenneth Roth, Human Rights Watch Executive Director
in conversation with Sarah Joseph, Castan Centre Director
Date: Friday 20th April 2018
Time: 1.00pm to 2.00pm
Venue: Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
RSVP here (free public event)
Join Human Rights Watch’s Executive Director, Kenneth Roth, and the Castan Centre’s Director, Sarah Joseph, as they discuss standing up for human rights in the age of populist leaders. They will consider human rights under the Trump presidency, the ongoing violations of the laws of war in Syria and Yemen, and the global challenge of refugees and mass displacement, as well as Human Rights Watch’s work in Australia.
If you can’t make it, be sure to follow along on Twitter via #CCPopulism.
Kenneth Roth is the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, one of the world’s leading human rights organizations. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch in 1987, Roth served as a federal prosecutor in New York and for the Iran-Contra investigation in Washington.Roth has conducted numerous human rights investigations and missions around the world.
Sarah Joseph is a Professor of Human Rights Law and the Director of the Castan Centre. She has written on numerous human rights topics, including business, terrorism and the media (including social media) and human rights. Her books cover issues such as global trade and human rights, international human rights litigation, and torture.
The surge of authoritarian populists appears less inevitable than it did a year ago. Then, there seemed no stopping a series of politicians around the globe who claimed to speak for “the people” but built followings by demonizing unpopular minorities, attacking human rights principles, and fueling distrust of democratic institutions. Today, a popular reaction in a broad range of countries, bolstered in some cases by political leaders with the courage to stand up for human rights, has left the fate of many of these populist agendas more uncertain. Where the pushback is strong, populist advances have been limited. But where capitulation meets their message of hate and exclusion, the populists flourish.
Join Human Rights Watch’s executive director, Kenneth Roth, as he discusses standing up for human rights in the age of populist leaders. He will consider human rights under the Trump presidency, the ongoing violations of the laws of war in Syria and Yemen, and the global challenge of refugees and mass displacement, as well as Human Rights Watch’s work in Australia.