Baskin Oran
Political scientist and Human Rights defender. He studied at the Faculty of Political Science at Ankara University. In 1974, he obtained his PhD degree, he carried out his post-doctoral studies at the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva on international minorities. In 1982, he was suspended by the Council of Higher Education. He returned back to his post in 1983. On the day of his return, he was deposed by the military government of the 12 September 1980 coup d’état. For eight years, besides various jobs and teaching foreign language, he worked as a redactor for AnaBritannica. In 1990, he returned back to his post at the Political Science Faculty in Ankara University. In 1991, he became an associate professor and in 1997, he became a professor. In 2006, of his own accord, he retired from the Chairmanship of the Department of International Relations at Ankara University. In 2001, he became a member of the Prime Ministry Human Rights Advisory Board. He took part in the committee named ‘the Study Group on Minority Rights and Cultural Rights’. He was one of the authors of the Minority Rights and Cultural Rights Report in 2003. In 1 June 2007, with the initiative of Common Platform of Independent Candidate, he declared his candidacy for Istanbul deputyship. He did not get enough votes to enter the Parliament. Together with around one thousand intellectuals, he started the “We Apologize to Armenians” campaign. He writes for the weekly Agos newspaper and for the Radikal Two supplement.
Gerard Libaridian
Armenian American historian. He specializes in Armenia, the Caucasus, and the Near East. From 1991 to 1997, he served as adviser, and then senior adviser to the former President of Armenia, Levon Ter-Petrossian, as First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. He is a founding member of the Zoryan Institute. He taught previously at a number of universities, and has lectured and written extensively. He currently holds the Alex Manoogian Chair in Modern Armenian History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  
Kenneth Roth
American attorney. He was drawn to human rights causes through his Jewish father's experience of fleeing Nazi Germany in 1938. Jimmy Carter’s introduction of human rights as an element of US foreign policy in the late 1970s further inspired Roth to take on human rights as a vocation. Roth joined Human Rights Watch in 1987 as deputy director. His initial work centered on Haiti, which was just emerging from the Duvalier dictatorship but continued to be plagued by military rule. Since then, Roth has traveled the world over, pressing government officials of all stripes to pay greater respect to human rights. He has written extensively on a wide range of human rights abuses, devoting special attention to issues of international justice, counterterrorism, the foreign policies of the major powers, and the work of the United Nations. He has been the executive director of Human Rights Watch since 1993.