George Soros & 'Human Rights' (was Re: Helsinki Group on Genocide)

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at
Wed Mar 31 09:44:48 PST 1999

Chris sent us the following:
>Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in Kosovo
> Report by
> the
> International
> Helsinki
> Federation
> for
> Human
> Rights
> and
> the
> Kosovo
> Helsinki
> Committee
>Vienna, 30 March 1999.
>The International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF) and the Kosovo
>Helsinki Committee provided information and analysis today concerning the
>nature of genocide and atrocities against Kosovo Albanians; the pattern of
>ethnic cleansing taking place

And Lou posted their funding sources: ***** The Hell-Stinky Group lists the following sources of funding on its web-page. Is there any doubt that these are the same class forces currently prosecuting the war?


Austrian Federal Chancellor's Program for Cooperation with Countries in Central and Eastern Europe Austrian Foreign Ministry European Commission City of Vienna Council of Europe Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs Erste Oesterreichische Spar-Casse European Human Rights Foundation Ford Foundation The Robert and Ardis James Foundation Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland Niederösterreichische Landesregierung (Austria) PHARE and TACIS Democracy Programme of the European Union Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Norway) Österreichische Nationalbank (Austria) Österreichische Postsparkasse (Austria) Oberösterreichische Landesregierung (Austria) Open Society Institute UNHCR Vorarlberger Landesregierung (Austria) Westminster Foundation for Democracy (UK) [AT NED]

Louis Proyect

( *****

Also, we ought to mention that George Soros is on the advisory board of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF). Also, on the IHF website at <>, the following information on the group's origin is available:

***** HELSINKI COMMITTEES On May 12, 1976, Dr. Yuri F. Orlov announced the formation of the Moscow Helsinki Group. The eleven founders of the group, which also included Yelena Bonner, Anatoly Shcharansky, Anatoly Marchenko, Ludmilla M. Alexeyeva and other Soviet citizens, sought to uphold the USSR's responsibility to implement the Helsinki commitments. They set up their watchdog organization based on the provision in the Helsinki Final Act, Principle VII, that establishes the rights of individuals to know and act upon their rights and duties. In the wake of their appeal to concerned citizens in other countries, new citizens' groups were established elsewhere inside and outside the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact nations. In January 1977, Charter 77 was founded in Czechoslovakia, and in September 1979, the Helsinki Watch group was founded in Poland. Although all these groups were persecuted by their governments, they continued their activities. In 1982, the Moscow Helsinki Group was forced to disband (it was re-organized in 1989), yet its pioneering efforts had inspired others to call attention to violations of human rights. Groups were formed in Western European countries, in Canada, and in the United States. *****

To say the least, the group was originally formed with an express purpose of supporting the views & activities of dissidents in the Soviet Union & and other socialist countries, nothing more. With George Soros as one of the main backers of the group, I am certain that their primary interest lies in the introduction of so-called free market everywhere in the world. They are obviously most interested in the 'human rights abuses' of the countries that are not perceived to be sufficiently capital-friendly.

To clarify, I am not saying no human rights abuse ever occured in the areas referred to as 'the Warsaw Pact nations' and the Soviet Union, but I'd say that Geroge Soros, his likes, and the interests they represent (i.e. capitalism) have worse human rights record than the targets of their criticisms.


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