All people deserve to live in free societies that recognize human rights. We CONNECT activists, EMPOWER dissidents, and AMPLIFY new voices for freedom so that the world hears and acts.
Prying open authoritarian countries requires demand from within as well as pressure from outside. At the core is the dissident, the catalyst for the people and the motivation for the world to act. We recognize the terrible risks they face. Many pay the ultimate price.
Advancing Human Rights provides them with the technology to make their voices heard by institutions, the media, and other democratic societies.
Robert L. Bernstein Chairman EmeritusRobert L. BernsteinChairman EmeritusRobert L. Bernstein is the Founding Chairman Emeritus of Human Rights Watch, and was President and Chairman of Random House for almost twenty-five years. In 1998, Bill Clinton awarded him the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award. Bernstein published Andrei Sakharov, Anatoly Sharansky, and Jacobo Timerman, as well as William Faulkner, James Michener, Toni Morrison and William Styron, among many others. Currently he is a board member of Human Rights in China. In 2011 Bernstein founded Advancing Human Rights. In 2012, CyberDissidents.org and Movements.org both became divisions of Advancing Human Rights. The merger was featured in the New York Times and praised Bernstein for his continuous efforts in aiding online activists. Bernstein stated, “We will be trying to say to people in closed societies that we will do everything we can to give you a voice." A graduate of Harvard College, he has received honorary degrees from Yale, Swathmore College, Bates College, Bard College, and the New School.
Acting Executive Director
Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar
Director of External Affairs
Brian Lee Boyce