Taking Liberties by Aryeh Neier
Four Decades in the Struggle for Rights

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A penetrating memoir on forty years of fighting for civil liberties, human rights, and justice by the former executive director of the ACLU and Human Rights Watch and the current President of the Open Society Institute. . Since joining the staff of the American Civil Liberties Union in 1963 and becoming its youngest executive director, Aryeh Neier has been at the forefront of efforts to fight for civil liberties, human rights, and social justice. Whether he was confronting police abuse, defending draft opponents or defending free speech, as he did at the ACLU; out-maneuvering the Reagan administration over military abuses in El Salvador, promoting accountability for political crimes in Argentina and Chile or supporting dissidents in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, as he did at Human Rights Watch; or trying to eradicate landmines, promote stability in the Balkans or establish an International Criminal Court, as he has at the Open Society Institute; Aryeh Neier has been methodical, relentless, and unusually successful. In this look back at an amazing career, Neier both reflects on the unintended consequences of some of his victories and why, if he had anticipated them, he might have done things differently; and reveals that some of the various movements of which he was a part had their greatest triumphs under the most adverse circumstances.

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Cynthia Brown, former program director of Human Rights Watch, is now a freelance consultant and editor based in New York.
Published January 7, 2003 by PublicAffairs. 400 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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It’s sometimes possible to fault Neier on content as well: he makes a legitimate point in distinguishing between the universality of human rights versus the particularity of economic rights, but he fails to persuade when he says that the very notion of economic rights “is based on the view that t...

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In this unflinching memoir of his 40 years of working for human rights, noted activist Neier brings to light his many successes as well as his ""mistakes and errors in judgment"";

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