05.16.1311:40 PM ET

Human Rights Activist Cynthia Brown Dies

Key to creation of women's rights division.

Human rights activist Cynthia Brown, one of the leading voices at Human Rights Watch, died Sunday after battling cancer. She was 60. Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth on Thursday called Brown “principled and uncompromising," saying that she had helped create the “high standards that have come to define” their organization. Brown began working with Human Rights Watch in 1982 as a researcher, and by 1993, she had become its first program director, overseeing every report it published. Brown also was key in forming the organization’s women’s rights division.