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Richard Weir

Board Member

Richard Weir currently serves as a legal advisor at Diakonia's International Humanitarian Law Resource Centre. He previously served as the Myanmar researcher for Human Rights Watch, where he documented human rights abuses, including crimes against humanity, violations of the right to freedom expression and religion, and land confiscations, among others. A dedicated human rights activist, Richard has previously worked with the International Refugee Assistance Project to successfully resettle Afghans and Iraqis from their respective countries to the United States, while leading a coalition of lawyers and law students who provided legal support to over forty people in Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan, and Lebanon. He supported litigation preparation through work with the Center for Justice and Accountability on a case involving allegations of torture and extrajudicial killings. Richard is also one of several nationwide leaders of Human Rights First’s Veterans for American Ideals campaign and a member of the Truman National Security Project’s Defense Council. Richard previously served as the leader of a U.S. Marine scout sniper team, deploying to Iraq, Southeast Asia, and several other Middle Eastern countries. He holds a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and a B.A. in political science, summa cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles.