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The Inaugural José Siderman Human Rights Lecture Introduction

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Newsletters

by Amanda Goodman* Thursday, February 25, 2016 It is both a great pleasure and a great privilege to introduce to you, Juan Méndez, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Professor Méndez is also the Professor of Human Rights Law in Residence at American University, in Washington, D.C. A native of Argentina, Professor Méndez’s career has been committed to defending human rights and advocating for those without a voice. Due to his legal representation of political prisoners in Argentina, that country’s military dictatorship...

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Forced to be a Soldier in This Military Dictatorship Was an “Existence in Hell”

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Featured, Newsletters

Meet Berihun, survivor from Eritrea Berihun describes his daily life as a “quest for survival”. Eritrea is a country in East Africa where the enjoyment of rights and freedoms are severely curtailed. Chaos has replaced rule of law. Last year, the United Nations Human Rights Council published a report accusing Eritrea’s government of extrajudicial executions, torture, indefinitely prolonged national service and forced labor, and indicated that sexual harassment, rape and sexual servitude by state officials is widespread. Military service is mandatory and when Berihun completed high...

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