Ben Human rights activist, writer and Conservative candidate

Benedict Rogers is a human rights activist, writer and Conservative candidate. He is East Asia Team Leader at the international human rights organisation Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), where he specializes in Burma, Indonesia and North Korea, and oversees the organisation’s work in the rest of the region. He has travelled to Burma and its borders more than 40 times, and is the author of three books on Burma, including Burma: A Nation at the Crossroads (Random House, 2012) and Than Shwe: Unmasking Burma’s Tyrant (Silkworm Books, 2010). He is co-author with Baroness Cox of The Very Stones Cry Out: The Persecuted Church - Pain, Passion and Praise (Continuum, 2011) and with Joseph D'souza of On the Side of the Angels: Justice, Human Rights and Kingdom Mission (Authentic, 2007). His new publication, Indonesia: Pluralism in Peril - The Rise of Religious Intolerance Across the Archipelago, was published in February 2014 by CSW.

In 2010, Ben travelled to North Korea with Lord Alton and Baroness Cox, to meet the regime and discuss human rights concerns. In 2011, he co-founded the International Coalition to Stop Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea (ICNK), bringing together more than 40 organisations from around the world, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).

Ben has also worked in Timor-Leste, the Maldives, Nagorno Karabakh, China, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, and has lived in Hong Kong and Washington, DC, where he established branches of CSW. He stood as a Parliamentary Candidate in the City of Durham in the 2005 General Election, and is co-founder and Deputy Chair of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission in the UK. He has testified at hearings in the US Congress, British Parliament and European Parliament, regularly briefs legislators and policy-makers, is a frequent contributor to international media and a regular speaker in conferences, universities, schools and churches around the world. He is an Associate of Oxford House, a Trustee of the Phan Foundation and a former Trustee of Support for the Oppressed Peoples of Burma, the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust and Reporters Without Borders.

These articles are written in a personal capacity and the views expressed are is own.