Human Rights Watch Law and Legal Definition

Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent international non governmental organizations that aim to defend and protect human rights. It conducts research and advocacy on human rights.

Human Rights Watch was established in 1978. It was formerly known as Helsinki Watch. It is headquartered in New York City, and has offices in Berlin, Brussels, Chicago, Geneva, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, Paris, San Francisco, Tokyo, Toronto, and Washington D.C. Human Rights Watch staff consists of human rights professionals, country experts, lawyers, journalists, and academics of diverse backgrounds and nationalities.

Human Rights Watch works to protect human rights of people all over the world. By bringing incidents of human rights violation to international attention, the organization gives voice to the oppressed and also makes oppressors accountable for their crimes. The organization encourages people to involve in activities that protect human rights. It also stands 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.