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Prepared Testimony to Commission on 'Unalienable' Rights

Good afternoon. My name is Kenneth Roth. I am the executive director of Human Rights Watch, a position I have held for the past 26 years. I thank the members of the commission for inviting me to testify today. Human Rights Watch was founded in 1978 as “Helsinki Watch” to investigate human rights violations in countries that signed the Helsinki Accords. Since then, our work has expanded to more than 100 countries on five continents. We investigate and document human rights abuses across the spectrum of rights, including extrajudicial killings and deprivation of liberty, government takeovers of media,…

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