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About Benjamin Ward

Benjamin Ward is deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Europe and Central Asia division.

Articles by Benjamin Ward

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Adam Ramsay, Editor

Adam Ramsay is a co-editor of openDemocracyUK.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Fear of populism is hollowing out Europe’s leadership on refugees

Even where populists don’t win power through the ballot box, they gain it through shaping policy and public debate. 

Now more than ever the UK needs the compass of human rights

It is in uncertain times—like the aftermath of the Brexit vote—that we need human rights the most.


Twenty years after Srebrenica, incomplete justice

The road to international justice is long and often winding, as Bosnia and Herzegovina shows us.

Assessing Europe’s response to the Paris attacks

Since rising intolerance in Europe is not confined to anti-Semitism, Europe’s response also needs to be broader.

Whatever happened to winning hearts and minds?

European governments risk adopting the same counter-productive approaches towards the latest Islamist groups and fighters as they did against al-Qaeda.

Europe’s spectacle of compassion for migrants

The EU approach exploits what is effectively a loophole in international law. If a person never reaches the EU state’s territory, the legal obligations under refugee and human rights law are never triggered. Shouldn’t we be talking about this in the run-up to the European elections?

Truth still eludes on UK involvement in rendition and torture

There have been repeated claims of UK complicity in the alleged torture of individuals detained abroad. The government’s latest move in the saga does not suggest a desire to get to the bottom of them.

Divided we fall: intolerance in Europe puts rights at risk

The truth is discomforting: hatred and intolerance are moving into the mainstream in Europe. 

Ratko Mladic’s arrest and international justice

The forthcoming trial in The Hague of the arrested Serb warlord is an occasion to assess the achievements of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, says Benjamin Ward.

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