Steve Crawshaw

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Steve Crawshaw was on sabbatical from Amnesty International, where he has been International Advocacy Director and Director of the Office of the Secretary General. Before joining Amnesty in 2010, he was with Human Rights Watch for eight years, as London Director and then UN Advocacy Director.

He has written a book on nonviolent protest, Street Spirit (2016). A previous book, Small Acts of Resistance, co-authored with John Jackson, with a preface by Václav Havel,has been translated into 10 languages including Arabic, Bahasa Indonesian, Czech, Tibetan, and Chinese.

Steve joined The Independent at launch in 1986. As East Europe Editor he reported on the east European revolutions, the Soviet coup, and the Balkan wars.

He studied Russian and German at the universities of Oxford and Leningrad (St Petersburg). He lived in Poland from 1978 to 1981, including during the birth of Solidarity, and speaks fluent Polish.

Other previous books include Goodbye to the USSR (1992), which Ryszard Kapuściński said “should be read by everyone interested in the most important event of the twentieth century” and Easier Fatherland (2004), described by John le Carré as “rare and long overdue”.

Steve has a particular interest in nonviolent protest, based partly on what he has seen and reported on in east Europe and around the world; it formed the theme of a TEDx (Kraków) talk in 2013.

Other themes include Sri Lanka and international justice. He has written and broadcast widely on human rights themes, including eg Srebrenica, the International Criminal Court, and Uzbekistan.

He is on the board of the Balkan NGO, BIRN (Balkan Investigative Reporting Network).