Phelim Kine oversees the research and investigations team at PHR, supporting and expanding our framework of investigating, documenting, and advocating to prevent human rights violations. In his role, Phelim leads the team’s current and future work, and coordinates its growth and strategic vision to ensure that PHR is on the front lines worldwide of holding human rights abusers accountable.
Before joining PHR, Kine spent 11 years at Human Rights Watch (HRW) doing research and advocacy in countries including Afghanistan, China, Indonesia, and the Philippines; between 2012 and 2018 he was deputy director of HRW’s Asia division. Prior to becoming a human rights researcher and advocate, Kine was an Asia-based foreign correspondent, including in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, and Taiwan. Kine is a long-time Myanmar-watcher and advocate for democracy and human rights for all of Myanmar’s people.
Kine is a graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa, and is an adjunct professor in the Hunter College Roosevelt House Human Rights Program. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and proficient in basic Bahasa Indonesian.