Champion for Humanity Around the World

Peter Bouckaert

Emergencies Director, Human Rights Watch

November 14, 2017 8:00 AM    Breakfast

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From the European migrant crisis to the war in Libya and from the ethnic cleansing in the Balkans to war crimes in the Central African Republic, Peter Bouckaert has been on the front lines of many of the largest humanitarian crises in the world. Bouckaert, who is a legend amongst aid workers and war correspondents, is the Emergency Director for Human Rights Watch, and he will give an insider’s account of humanitarian emergencies that he has investigated at a LAWAC Global Café Breakfast on Tuesday, November 14. Human Rights Watch is a New York-based NGO that conducts research and advocacy on human rights, often in some of the world’s most dangerous places.

Bouckaert is heavily involved in the migrant crisis still raging as migrants from Syria and North Africa flee armed conflict in their homelands for the shores of Europe. He will talk about the plight of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since August of this year. Bouckaert is featured in the documentary film E-Team about the work of Human Rights Watch investigators in conflict zones which LAWAC screened in September 2014. In 2014 Bouckaert was in the Central African Republic, where he conducted investigations into ethnic cleansing and war crimes committed during the current civil war. In 2011 he was in Libya, where he investigated the use of landmines, the execution of prisoners and arbitrary arrests of African migrant workers.

Bouckaert is responsible for coordinating Human Rights Watch’s response to major wars and other human rights crises. A Belgian-born Stanford Law School graduate specializing in the laws of war, Bouckaert has testified about war crimes before the United States Senate, the Council of Europe, and at the Yugoslav Tribunal (ICTY) in The Hague. Most recently, Bouckaert was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Catholic University of Louvain for his work on human rights. 

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