Aryeh Neier

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Aryeh Neier


Aryeh Neier (born 1937 in Berlin, Germany) is the president of the Open Society Institute. Before he joined the staff of OSI in 1993, he founded and was the executive director of Human Rights Watch. Neier worked at the American Civil Liberties Union for 15 years and was an adjunct professor of law at New York University.

Along with George Soros, Neier serves on the board of the Central European University in Budapest.

League for Industrial Democracy

Neier was the director of the League for Industrial Democracy in the late 1950s. He renamed the league's student division Students for a Democratic Society in 1959.[1]

Cablegram to Portugese Socialists and the M.F.A.

In 1974, after a pro-communist military coup in Portugal;

More than eighty Americans, all identified with opposition to the Vietnamese war and with various radical and liberal causes, sent on August 9 a cablegram to to the Portugese Armed Forces Movement, to Portugese president francisco da Costa Gomes and to portugese socialist leader Mario soares expressing the hope that "democratic freedoms"...will continue to grow in Portugal".

Michael Harrington, the national chairman of the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee, organized the effort with help from 5 "Initiators" - Lawrence Birns (writer), Sissy Farenthold (past president National Women's Political Caucus), Congressman Michael J. Harrington, Martin Peretz (chairman, editorial board New Republic), Cleveland Robinson (vice president, Distributive Workers of America), Leonard Woodcock (president United Auto Workers, Jerry Wurf (president AFSME).

Aryeh Neier signed the cablegram.[2]

Opposing loans to Chile

In 1987, Joanne Landy, Thomas Harrison and Gail Daneker, Directors, Campaign for Peace and Democracy/East and West, New York, circulated a statement Against Loans to Chile calling upon the Reagan Administration to oppose all loans to Chile.

It has been signed by leading "peace, labor, human rights, religious and cultural figures from the United States, Western Europe and Latin America." They were "joined by a large number of activists and writers from the USSR and Eastern Europe, many of whom have been persecuted in their own countries for work in independent peace and human rights movements."

Aryeh Neier endorsed the call.

The majority of signatories were affiliated with Democratic Socialists of America.[3]

Visiting Cuban prisons

On March 10, 1988 the United Nations Human Rights Commission, meeting in Geneva, unanimously adopted a resolution accepting an invitation from the government of Cuba to conduct an investigation of human rights there. A UN delegation was to go to Cuba in the summer and report its findings to the next meeting of the commission in 1989.

During the week before the UN vote, Aryeh Neier had a foretaste of what the commission would find, thanks to an unusual agreement negotiated between the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in Washington and the National Union of Cuban Jurists. A group of Americans, including Neier, was permitted to visit six Cuban prisons and conduct confidential interviews with up to one hundred Cuban prisoners. They were allowed to choose both the prisons they visited and the prisoners they talked to. A Cuban group was to conduct a similar visit to prisons in the United States, but in May the US government denied the Cubans visas to come to the United States. The visit to Cuban prisons took place between February 25 and March 5.[4]

Socialist Scholars Conference 1990

The Socialist Scholars Conference 1990, held September 6-8, at the Hotel Commodore, New York, included panels such as:[5]

Author Meets Critics: Lawrence Weschler "A Miracle, A Universe: Settling Accounts with Toturers"

Center for American Progress

In 2005 Aryeh Neier served on the board of Center for American Progress.[6]

External links

References

  1. "Justice Talking", The Nation, October 2, 2003
  2. Democratic Left, Sep. 1975, page 2
  3. New York review of books, Vol 34, Number 10, June 11, 1987
  4. The New York review of books, In Cuban Prisons June 30, 1988 Aryeh Neier
  5. Second Annual Socialist Scholars Conference program.
  6. 2004-2005 Annual Report of the Center for American Progress