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A New Start for U.S. Human Rights Policy: What Needs to Be Done?


Advancing an effective U.S. human rights policy will be both a crucial and a formidable challenge for the Biden administration. This event brought together leading human rights activists and officials from different parts of the world to address two major questions: what are the most important changes and challenges human rights activists face today, and what new approaches, priorities, and partners should the Biden administration pursue to rebuild U.S. credibility on human rights?


  • Karen Attiah


    Karen Attiah is the Global Opinions editor at the Washington Post.

  • Patrick Gaspard


    Until December 2020, Patrick Gaspard was president of the Open Society Foundations.

  • Eamon Gilmore


    Eamon Gilmore is the EU special representative for Human Rights and EU special envoy for the Colombian Peace Process.

  • Maina Kiai


    Maina Kiai is head of Human Rights Watch’s new Alliances and Partnerships Initiative and has served as UN special rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association.

  • Márta Pardavi


    Márta Pardavi is co-chair of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee.

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