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:: Billboard Magazine with Artists for Human Rights

Backbeat: Composer Christopher Lennertz Debuts 'A Symphony of Hope: The Haiti Project' In LA.

Composer Christopher Lennertz, whose upcoming projects include NBC's "Revolution" and the Mark Ruffalo- Gwyneth Paltrow comedy Thanks for Sharing, learned about Haiti in the mid-1980s from Father Tom Hagan, who had spent many of his years as a priest on the island nation... [more]

:: New Videos

Artists for Human Rights video, used for AFHR founder Anne Archer's introduction for when she received a Global Action Forum Award. Music for this video was graciously loaned to AFHR by Grammy-winning composer, Mark Isham.

Hope and Human Rights Speaker Series - Suraya Sadeed, founder of "Help the Afgan Children".

Hope and Human Rights Speaker Series - Anne Archer Interviews Jack Healey.


Robin Hogarth, an advisory board member of Artists for Human Rights who began our South African chapter in 2007, announced the launch of Artists for Human Rights India on 28th October 2011 by Madhavi Karunakaram Guha of New Delhi, an artist herself, and active proponent of the arts and human rights. Madhavi has been involved with Artistes Unlimited, SPIC MACAY and Pravah (An organization that works with young people to impact issues of social justice through youth citizenship action).

To spread the message of peace, harmony and brotherhood embodied in human rights, double Grammy Award Winner Robin Hogarth, Padma Shri Smt. Sumitra Guha embarked on a musical journey that has witnessed the... [more]

:: Take Action: Say "YES" to International Affairs. No More Cuts.

The International Affairs budget for FY 12 is going to the Senate Floor next week and risks severe cuts. It is crucial we take action now to prevent more cuts.

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved $ 5 billion more for the FY12 International Affairs development programs than the House. Given the current international crisis in the Horn of Africa and the revolutions in the Middle East, it is vital that the U.S. maintain a strong presence internationally. Deep cuts to... [more]


In September 2011, the Iranian government arrested six independent filmmakers for allegedly working with the BBC, on charges including espionage and treason. Along with the ongoing house arrest of director Jafar Panahi and the prior arrest of actress Marzieh Vafamehr, who was later sentenced to one year in prison and 90 lashes, the arrests sparked outrage from filmmaking communities within Iran and around the world. Prior to the release of two of the filmmakers, all six were denied access to their lawyers and families, who were forced to... [more]

:: The Southern Sudan Referendum

"What happens in Sudan in the days ahead may decide whether a people who have endured too much war move forward towards peace or slip backwards into bloodshed."
- President Obama

Genocide may be in the making in Southern Sudan right now.

On Jan. 9, 2011, the people of Southern Sudan will vote in an independence referendum whether to secede from Northern Sudan after 25 years of civil war. With the South's hope for independence, however, comes a fear of violence from the current ruling North, which has a vested interest in holding on to [more]

:: Secretary Clinton on the arts and artists

That is a wonderful question because I think the arts and artists are one of our most effective tools in reaching beyond and through repressive regimes, in giving hope to people. It was a very effective tool during the Cold War. I’ve had so many Eastern Europeans tell me that it was American music, it was American literature, it was American poetry that kept them going. I remember when Vaclav Havel came to the White House during my husband’s administration, and we were having a state dinner for him. And I said, “Well, who would you like to entertain at the state dinner?” And I didn’t know what he was going to say…” [more]

:: Salon featuring Jose Ramos Horta, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and President of East Timor

Hosted by AFHR at the home of Anne Archer, Founder of Artists for human Rights, the event was attended by over 100 people, and written up in the Los Angeles Times. Jose Ramos Horta is the President of East Timor, and co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent work towards East Timor’s independence from Indonesia.

Ramos-Horta's remarks centered on the Zones of Peace program which places activists where they can work on behalf of human rights, nonviolence, literacy, small business and other building blocks to [more]

:: Salon featuring Kevin Bales, Co-Founder and President of Free The Slaves

Hope and Human Rights Speaker Series - June 2009

This salon, hosted and produced by AFHR, marked the hugely successful launch of the Hope and Human Rights Speaker Series. The event was highly anticipated and received a write-up in the LA Times announcing the launch and the importance of Kevin Bales’ work in ending slavery. Over 50 people attended the event held at Anne Archer’s home and were galvanized to become involved and active on this issue..

Kevin Bales is the co founder and President of Free the Slaves and author of Disposable People -nominated for 1999 Pulitzer Prize. He is also co-author of Slavery: A Global Investigation –Winner of [more]

:: Hope and Human Rights Speaker Series

Artists for Human Rights hosted its 3rd Hope and Human Rights Speaker Series, an evening  with John Prendergast devoted to addressing the issue of “conflict minerals” in the Congo. Co-founder of the Enough Project and Raise Hope for the Congo, whose purpose is to end genocide and crimes against humanity and empower and protect Congolese women against sexual violence, addressed a packed house of over 125 people at the home of Anne Archer.  

John’s dedicated work and career as an activist, advocate and humanitarian for Africa, includes Director of African Affairs at the National Security Council and Special Advisor at [more]