The Human Rights Watch Chicago Committee is part of a network of committees in North America and Europe, composed of opinion leaders from a variety of backgrounds. The committee constitutes an informed and engaged constituency that is essential for the defense of human rights. They seek to increase awareness of local and global human rights issues and enlist the public and governments to support basic rights for all. Committee members meet regularly to learn about human rights crises and policies and support the work of Human Rights Watch.
Recent work includes:
March 2006: Smallest Witnesses: The Crisis in Darfur Through Children’s Eyes. On mission along the border of Chad and Darfur, Human Rights Watch researchers gave children notebooks and crayons to keep them occupied while they spoke with the children’s parents. Without any instruction or guidance, the children drew scenes from their experiences of the war in Darfur.