Burma and a Lifetime of Human Rights Advocacy

Burma and a Lifetime of Human Rights Advocacy

Jack Healey, world-renowned human rights activist and pioneer, former Executive Director of Amnesty International.

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Duration: 34:49

Bother people a lot. They won't like you but it doesn't matter.

In this podcast, world-renowned human rights activist and former Executive Director of Amnesty International, Jack Healey, addresses UCLA students about a number of topics. He discusses his personal history as the child of a coal miner and young adult in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, and transitions into a talk about his recruitment of popular artists and celebrities (e.g. Bono, U2) to aid human rights campaigns and offers advice to UCLA students and staff who want to positively impact the world.


An effective and innovative leader in the human rights movement for over 47 years, Jack Healey has helped move the topic of human rights from closed-door diplomatic negotiations to public debate and direct citizen action. Colleagues credit him with making human rights a major focus of governments, advocacy organizations, and individuals around the world.

Called "Mr. Human Rights" by U.S News and World Report, Healey’s focus has been on inspiring the youth to support non-violent activism that would push back oppressive governments and societies. He has brought human rights to the global stage by his creative use of media and enlistment of world-class talent as advocates.

From 1977 until 1981 Healey directed the Peace Corps in Lesotho. After finishing his tour with the Peace Corps, he worked as the Director ofAmnesty International USA for 12 years. His work at Amnesty brought human rights to the forefront of popular culture by pioneering new ways to deliver the message of human rights to new generations. He brought a new wave of young people into the human rights movement by organizing concerts with well known artists, and by reaching out to high schools and colleges through his motivational speeches.

Healey has received 7 honorary doctorates and spoken in over a thousand colleges and high schools. He has produced 3 music albums and Douye, a documentary on Aung San Suu Kyi.

Today, Jack heads the Washington, D.C. based Human Rights Action Center (HRAC). In this capacity, he works tirelessly for the release and return to power of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma. He also aims to print the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into all passports.

Op-Ed by Jack Healey: "Shepard Fairey and the Call for Human Rights." Huffington Post. 24 June 2009. Web.

Organizations Organized by Jack Healey: