How Can Business Persons Relate to Human Rights? (Video)

Everyone can agree that human rights are important. However, throughout our daily lives in Japan, there are few opportunities to really understand the human rights violations in the world. However, world business leaders, as strong supporters of the world-renowned NGO Human Rights Watch, are supporting the activities financially and through their networks. Mr. Roth presents the inner workings of Human Rights Watch from a manager’s perspective confronted with this reality.


GLOBIS Professional Seminar
How Can Business Persons Relate to Human Rights?
Growth and management strategies of Human Rights Watch and truth behind their research in 90 countries
Speaker: Mr. Kenneth Roth, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch

Part 1: Speech by Mr. Kenneth Roth (0:00:00~)
Part 2: Dialogue between Mr. Roth and GLOBIS Dean Yoshito Hori (00:46:57~)
Part 3: Q&A(1:03:34~)

Everyone can agree that human rights are important. However, throughout our daily lives in Japan, there are few opportunities to really understand the human rights violations occurring in the conflicts in Africa or human rights situation on the ground in the Philippines, Myanmar, or Vietnam. However, world business leaders, as strong supporters of the world-renowned NGO Human Rights Watch, are supporting the activities financially and through their networks. Why is this so?

Last September, investor and philanthropist George Soros announced that he will donate US$10 million per year over the next 10 years (about 800 million yen). The current annual budget of HRW is currently about 4.8 billion yen, and conducting a global campaign to have an annual budget of 8 billion yen by 2015. Human Rights activities are not only related to money. Therefore, how should HRW plan its further growth as an organization composed not of well-intended volunteers, but with potentially sustainable cash flow? Mr. Roth will present the inner workings of Human Rights Watch, the “professionals NGO,” from a manager’s perspective confronted with this reality.

About Human Rights Watch:
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, we give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. Our 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.

Mission Statement:
Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. We stand with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice. We investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable. We challenge governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law. We enlist the public and the international community to support the cause of human rights for all.

(This article was originally published on August 25, 2011)

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