About David Mepham

David Mepham has been UK director of Human Rights Watch since April 2011. Before then he was a senior policy adviser in the UK's Department for International Development; associate director of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and the head of its international programme; and head of policy and advocacy for Save the Children UK. He is co-editor of Progressive Foreign Policy - new directions for the UK (Polity, 2007) and author of many articles in the media

Articles by David Mepham

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Putting development to rights: a post-2015 agenda

A lesson of the last decade's work on the Millennium Development Goals is the need to rethink current approaches to development, says David Mepham, the UK director of Human Rights Watch. The key requirement is to see development not just as material improvement, vital though that is, but as a process with human rights at the very heart.

Getting to the truth about UK-Gaddafi ties

Some say we should put Britain's complicity in torture and human rights abuse in Libya behind us. We cannot do so. Lessons have not been learned, victims still await justice, while the 'secret courts bill' would help ensure future abuses remain hidden.

Syria’s guilty men

The violent repression of citizens in Syria is escalating, and can now be linked to named officials of the regime. This reinforces the case for concerted international pressure to end the suffering, says David Mepham.

South Africa: rights, accountability and maternal mortality

A study of the healthcare environment of expectant mothers in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa reveal severe problems that both the national government and overseas donors should address, says David Mepham.

Gordon Brown’s foreign-policy challenges

The opening weeks of Gordon Brown's premiership have brought a marked change of tone to the conduct of British foreign policy. The misconceived and counterproductive notion of a "war on terror" has been discarded, replaced by a new focus on winning "hearts and minds". While Tony Blair's rhetoric on international affairs was often strident and evangelical, Brown's public statements since he became prime minister on 27 June 2007 have so far been much more measured. At his meeting with President Bush at Camp David, for example, Gordon Brown stressed the importance he attached to the transatlantic relationship, but without any of the gushing praise for the president that became such a feature of Blair/Bush meetings over recent years.

Darfur and the 'responsibility to protect'

The international community has run out of excuses - but not options - in Darfur, says David Mepham.

The next United Nations leader: a time for transparency

The appointment of Kofi Annan's successor is imminent. The incumbent has done well, the candidates are serious – but the system for choosing the world's figurehead must be reformed, says David Mepham.

Hamas and political reform in the middle east

The lesson of Palestine's election is that the international community should become more serious and sophisticated about political reform in the middle east, says David Mepham of the Institute for Public Policy Research.

A mixed-bag summit

The United Nations world summit disappointed optimists, but was its outcome so bad? David Mepham reads between the lines for a deeper assessment.

Accountability in Africa: whose problem?

Harmful western policies too often reinforce the damage that many African regimes inflict on their own people. 2005 can and must be a year of change, writes David Mepham.

David Held's missing links

David Held’s impressively ambitious perspective on globalisation underplays three important factors, says David Mepham.
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