Dutch politician in Hollywood rights benefit

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Dutch former politician and human rights activist Boris Dittrich is making his Hollywood acting debut on Monday. He will be playing himself in , a one-off benefit performance for Human Rights Watch.

The cast of the fundraiser at the Broad Stage theatre in Los Angeles will include Hollywood stars like Annette Bening, Minnie Driver and Julian Sands.

Boris Dittrich, former leader of the social liberal D66 party, has been working for Human Rights Watch since 2007 on the rights group's gay and lesbian rights programme. He also helped script the performance.

The piece will feature testimonies from human rights crisis zones including Egypt, the Palestinian territories, the Horn of Africa, and Saudi Arabia. The star-studded cast will also be performing rights-related excerpts from works by writers like Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter and Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas Kristof and Donald Margulies.


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