Nils Muiznieks grew up in the US the child of Latvian emigres; his parents spent seven years in displaced persons camps as teenagers after World War II and made their way to California. Nils majored in politics at Princeton and got his Ph.D. in political science at Berkeley. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Nils decided to make his life in Latvia. A scholar, government official, and human rights expert, Nils won a European-wide election and became the Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. In this episode we learn about Nils' amazing story and the human rights challenges he tackled during his six-year term. Featuring Indiana Professor Emma Gilligan and Brandeis Professor Dave Powelstock.
Discussed this week - Czeslaw Milosz, The Captive Mind; Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century; Anatoly Adamishin and Richard Schifter, Human Rights, Perestroika, and the End of the Cold War; Andrei Sakharov, Alarm and Hope; “Human Rights in Europe: From Crisis to Renewal?” Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing, 2018; Special Issue (Fall 2009), Open Society News, Eastern Europe: Where Do Open Societies Stand 20 Years Later? https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/sites/default/files/opensocietynews_11052009.pdf