Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Soros gives $100 million to human rights group

By Aaron Smith, CNNMoney.com staff writer


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Billionaire investor George Soros will donate $100 million to Human Rights Watch, the organization announced Tuesday.

Soros - a noted backer of liberal causes - will provide the "challenge grant" over a 10-year period, the organization said. As a result, Human Rights Watch is expected to raise an addition $100 million in matching private contributions,

Soros referred to Human Rights Watch as "one of the most effective organizations I support" in a press release from the organization.

"Human rights underpin our greatest aspirations: they're at the heart of open societies," he said.

The New York-based organization, which does not accept government donations, said the challenge grant will allow it to increase its annual budget to $80 million from $48 million within five years.

With a staff of about 300 workers, Human Rights Watch publishes about 100 reports annually and hundreds of press releases to draw international attention to human rights violations in some 90 countries.

With the influx of additional funding, the organization said it will add staff to "maximize the impact of its research" by engaging "more effectively" with governments on areas of concern and developing relationships with journalists.

Most recently, the organization published a report on police brutality in Zambia, urged a fair trial for human rights advocates in Kyrgyzstan and requested that Indian hospitals conduct less "degrading" tests for rape victims. To top of page

Overnight Avg Rate Latest Change Last Week
30 yr fixed3.79%3.76%
15 yr fixed3.00%2.96%
5/1 ARM3.19%3.14%
30 yr refi3.77%3.75%
15 yr refi3.01%2.98%
Rate data provided
by Bankrate.com
View rates in your area
 
Find personalized rates:
Index Last Change % Change
Dow 22,349.59 -9.64 -0.04%
Nasdaq 6,426.92 4.23 0.07%
S&P 500 2,502.22 1.62 0.06%
Treasuries 2.26 -0.02 -0.70%
Data as of 12:56pm ET
Company Price Change % Change
Bank of America Corp... 25.02 -0.14 -0.56%
Advanced Micro Devic... 13.30 -0.11 -0.82%
Apple Inc 151.89 -1.50 -0.98%
General Electric Co 24.87 0.12 0.48%
Ford Motor Co 11.84 0.12 1.02%
Data as of Sep 22
Sponsors

Sections

The shutdown, which raised protests from navigator groups, will occur from midnight to noon on on all but one Sunday. More

As if Uber's new CEO didn't already have his work cut out for him, Dara Khosrowshahi has to deal with losing London. More

When you're making big career decisions, you turn to your mentors and your trusted peers. But how do you find these mentors and trusted peers in the first place? More