University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


The International Human Rights Movement: A History

The International Human Rights Movement: A History

Aryeh Neier
February 28, 2012, 7:00 PM
McNamara Alumni Center
Maroon & Gold Room
200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis (East Bank)

Aryeh Neier has spent more than a half-century promoting and protecting the human rights of others. Born in Nazi Germany and a refugee at the age of two, Neier knew about violence from his earliest days. A tireless advocate for improvements in human rights globally, Neier has conducted investigations of human rights abuses in more than forty countries. He has played a leading role in the establishment of the international criminal courts that have heralded a new era of international justice.

Neier is one of the architects of the international human rights movement. Neier served as National Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) throughout the 1970's where he led efforts to protect the civil rights of prisoners and individuals in mental hospitals and fought for the abolition of the death penalty. Founder of Human Rights Watch, Neier was executive director during the first 12 years of that influential organization's existence. Later this year, Neier will be stepping down as President of the Open Society Foundations, an organization that has expanded the human rights movement through its funding partnerships across the globe.

Join us as Neier reflects upon the accomplishments and challenges of the human rights movement of which he has played such an integral part.

Neier's talk is the second in the Human Rights for the 21st Century: History, Practice & Politics Speaker Series and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

For more information please contact Whitney Taylor, Human Rights University e-mail:, phone: 612-626-7947.

Sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Human Rights University, the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair in the College of Liberal Arts, and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Co-sponsored by the Human Rights Center, the Program in Human Rights and Health, and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.