Financier to donate $100m to Human Rights Watch

| 07/09/2010

(BBC): George Soros is to donate $100m (£65m) to Human Rights Watch (HRW) over the next 10 years, the investor and philanthropist has announced. "Human Rights Watch is one of the most effective organisations I support," Mr Soros said. The gift from Soros’s Open Society Foundations is the largest the billionaire has made to a non-governmental organisation, HRW said. It is given under the condition that HRW raises another $100m. The gift is the first in a series of large donations he plans to make, Mr Soros said in an interview with the New York Times. "This is partly due to age," the 80-year-old added. "Originally I wanted to distribute all of the money during my lifetime, but I have abandoned that plan." HRW is to use the money to hire more staff and expand its work internationally, the group said in a statement.

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