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Human Rights Watch Report Warns of Global Trend in Speech Restriction - FIRE
Human Rights Watch’s (HRW’s) 2016 World Report, published on Wednesday, details the gravest threats to human rights in more than 90 countries. Among the most serious threats discussed in the report are those that burden freedom of expression, association, and assembly, caused by what HRW calls “the politics of fear,” which could impact speech rights on campuses in the United States. HRW’s executive director, Kenneth Roth, penned the keynote essay for the report, titled “Twin Threats: How the Politics of Fear and the Crushing of Civil Society Imperil Global Rights.” In the essay, Roth details how a global climate of …