Great Decisions - Human Rights: Restoring Moral Authority
Stories of secret prisons, detainee abuse, and the denial of due process have undercut American credibility as a global champion for human rights. William Schulz, former Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, reviews how our standing in the world was damaged and what steps can be taken to restore it.
Former Executive Director of Amnesy International USA
William F. Schulz is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress specializing in human rights. From 1994-2006 he served as Executive Director of Amnesty International USA.
During his twelve years at Amnesty, Dr. Schulz led missions to Liberia, Tunisia, Northern Ireland, and Sudan. He also traveled tens of thousands miles in the United States promoting human rights causes and was frequently quoted in the media. He is the author of two books on human rights, In Our Own Best Interest: How Defending Human Rights Benefits Us All (2001, Beacon Press) and Tainted Legacy: 9/11 and the Ruin of Human Rights (2003, Nation Books); and the contributing editor of The Phenomenon of Torture: Readings and Commentary (2007, University of Pennsylvania Press) and The Future of Human Rights: US Policy for a New Era (2008, University of Pennsylvania Press). All of this prompted the New York Review of Books to say in 2002, "William Schulz…has done more than anyone in the American human rights movement to make human rights issues known in the United States."
An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, Dr. Schulz came to Amnesty after eight years (1985-93) as President of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. He has served on the boards of People for the American Way, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and many other organizations and is currently Chair of the Board of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.
Dr. Schulz is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Oberlin College, holds a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago and the Doctor of Ministry degree from Meadville/Lombard Theological School (at the University of Chicago) as well as seven honorary degrees.
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