Hugh Williamson

Director, Europe & Central Asia Division at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

Hugh Williamson

Hugh Williamson

Director, Europe & Central Asia Division at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Hugh Williamson, director of the Europe & Central Asia division, oversees the organisation’s work in western and eastern Europe, the Balkans, Turkey, Central Asia, the south Caucasus, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. He oversees issues including migration and discrimination in Europe, torture and other abuses under authoritarian rule in Central Asia, and impunity and the rule of law in Russia.

Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Williamson worked for 11 years as a correspondent from the Manila and Berlin bureaus of the Financial Times. He served as the Europe news editor during the 2008-2009 financial crisis and most recently as the paper’s deputy foreign editor. He has written and commented in the international media, including on the BBC and CNN, on European politics, development issues and the international political economy, business ethics and corporate responsibility, and the politics of the human rights movement.

Williamson has worked for other non-governmental organisations, including a labour rights group in Hong Kong. He has degrees from Manchester University and the London School of Economics. He speaks German.

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Director, Netherlands at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Chief Programs Officer at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Advocacy Director, Europe & Central Asia Division at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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General Counsel at Global Network for Public Interest Law

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Former General Counsel at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Co-Founder at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Senior Counsel, Children's Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Former Communications Director at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Legal Advisor, Asia Division at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Advocacy Director, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Rights Program at Human Rights Watch, Inc.

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Human Rights Watch is one of the world's leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, they give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes.Their rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.

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Human Rights Watch is one of the world's leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, they give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes.Their rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.

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