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There are many dedicated and organizations and groups that work tirelessly for human rights. All are to be praised and cherished. Two leading human rights groups are Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch do some heavy lifting: they have staff, often at great personal peril, including potential imprisonment or death, go into some of the worst hotbeds of inhumanity and human rights violations and document and report on these to the world. These are true human rights heroes. See HumanRights.com for a stunning video on the History of Human Rights.

Amnesty International

Michael had been a contributing member of Amnesty and Human Rights Watch for years when his friend, Academy Award-nominated actress Anne Archer, approached him about a vision she had, a place where she felt a real contribution could be made to human rights. In Anne’s own words…

“Artists have the ability to touch the society so profoundly that positive change can come about as a direct result. Our greatest thinkers throughout history have always thought outside the box. Artists have always been the greatest advocates of human rights because they know so well how vital it is that the individual’s freedom of Self-expression is protected. Therefore I have formed Artists for Human Rights to give voice and bring about greater awareness among all peoples of the world of all of our human rights as laid out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Because artists have the ability to elevate the culture, we as artists, uniting to make known the human rights of all people of the world, can bring about greater peace and tolerance.”

Anne Archer Founder, Artist for Human Rights

And so Artists for Human Rights was born and with the incredible contributions of Board Members Donna Isham, Pomm Hepner, Tom Dine and Thomas Lovejoy and key volunteer executives like Vanessa Stoller and Linda Lombardo the group has ignited a groundswell of artist involvement in human rights education reaching millions across the globe, and thousands in the arts community.

Artists for Human Rights’ Michael Wisner, Maria Ferrara, Donna Isham, Michael Stoller, Vanessa Stoller, Raven Kane with former Amnesty International US Executive Director, Jack Healey at Human Rights Hero Award benefit

Artists for Human Rights’ Michael Wisner, Maria Ferrara, Donna Isham, Michael Stoller, Vanessa Stoller, Raven Kane with former Amnesty International US Executive Director, Jack Healey at Human Rights Hero Award benefit

For a comprehensive report yearly world-wide human rights, Freedom in the World report see www.FreedomHouse.org

For comprehensive information on human rights, psychiatric abuse and mental health see Citizens Commission on Human Rights.

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Artists for Human Rights

Artists for Human Rights

President Donna Isham, Advisory Board Member Director, Michael Cory Davis and Michael Wisner at West Coast showing of human trafficking film, Trade starring Kevin Kline

President Donna Isham, Advisory Board Member Director, Michael Cory Davis and Michael Wisner at West Coast showing of human trafficking film, Trade starring Kevin Kline

Artists for Human Rights at United Nations Summit

Artists for Human Rights at United Nations Summit

Artists for Human Rights Union Square Concert NYC

Artists for Human Rights Union Square Concert NYC

Artists for Human Rights Salon with Nobel Laureate Jose Ramos-Horta

Artists for Human Rights Salon with Nobel Laureate Jose Ramos-Horta

Free the Slaves, Artists for Human Rights Speaker Series; Salon

Free the Slaves, Artists for Human Rights Speaker Series; Salon