Human Rights in Russia

Tuesday November 19, 2013
6:00 PM – 7:45 PM



Anna Sevortian and Allison Gill


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Anna Sevortian, consultant and formerly Russia director for Human Rights Watch (2010-2013), has 15 years of experience working on civil society and human rights in the former Soviet Union. At Human Rights Watch (HRW), Sevortian conducted research and advocacy on Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus; served as HRW spokesperson for the region; and oversaw the work of the office. Earlier Sevortian had been deputy director of the Center for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights in Moscow. Sevortian graduated from the Moscow State University’s Journalism Faculty and has received several prestigious international fellowships. Sevortian joins Harvard Kennedy School as a Mid-Career Mason Fellow for the 2013-2014 academic year. Allison Gill is an experienced human rights expert and practitioner who worked as the director of the Tashkent Office in Uzbekistan for Human Rights Watch (HRW) for 2 years before the organization was expelled from the country. She later on worked as the director of the Moscow office for HRW for more than 4 years. Since 2010, she has been working as an advisor to the Europe and Central Asia Division at HRW, and is currently working as an independent human rights consultant from Cambridge, MA. She holds a JD from Northeastern University of Law and a MALD from the Fletcher School.

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