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Jaribu Hill – USA

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Linked to our presentation of HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMY on January 30, 2006.

Linked also to our presentation of Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights on January 31, 2006.

And linked to our presentation of Economy and Human Rights – one on January 30, 2006.

Jaribu Hill – USA

She is the Executive Director and Founder of the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights.

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George Alagiah – England-Africa-Sri Lanka

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George Aligiah is a Journalist raising humanitarian issues. He was born in 1955 in Sri Lanka, but moved to Ghana when he was just 5 years old. Alagiah was there at a time when African Independence was just emerging and this has been at the core of his interests. This eventually led to George Alagiah’s career in television reporting and correspondence.

George Alagiah – England

He grew up in Ghana but he attended Durham University in England, where he obtained his degree in Politics. He started a career in print journalism with South Magazine where he worked as an African Correspondent in Zimbabwe for several years before being appointed the African Editor of the magazine. Seven years later in 1989, George Alagiah moved on to the BBC where he undertook the position of South African correspondent.

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Divina Frau-Meigs – France

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Linked to our presentation of Taskforce on Education, Academia and Research on January 28, 2006.

Linked to our presentation of Education, academia and research on January 28, 2006.

Divina Frau-Meigs. She is an American Studies- and Media Sociology -teacher at the ParisIII-Sorbonne University.

Divina Frau-Meigs – France

She studied in Paris, Stanford and at the Communication School of Annenberg (University of Pennsylvania).

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Schafik Handal – El Salvador 1930 – 2006

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Khaleej Times Online: SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Schafik Handal, a communist guerrilla commander during El Salvador’s brutal 12-year civil war and a former presidential candidate, died of a heart attack on Tuesday at the age of 75.

Schafik Handal – El Salvador

Handal was a senior leader of the leftist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, or FMLN, rebel group that fought a series of US-backed right-wing governments throughout the 1980s in a war that claimed around 75,000 lives.

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Domitila Barrios de Chungara – Bolivien

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She is one of the 1000 women proposed fort the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She says: “I want to leave future generations the only valid inheritance: a free country and social justice.”

Domitila Barrios de Chungara – Bolivien

She works for the Mobile School Project

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Noelí Pocaterra – Venezuela

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She is one of the 1000 women proposed fort the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

Linked to our presentation of Network of Wayuu Indigenous Women on January 26., 2006.

She says: “We women, as givers of life, are also responsible for taking care of that life and, for that reason, we need strong organizations of indigenous women.”

Noelí Pocaterra – Venezuela

She works for the Network of Wayuu Indigenous Women, and for the Permanent Commission for Indigenous People in the National Assembly of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

She is an indigenous woman, a Wayuu woman. She is militant, socially and politically, and has committed herself, for over 40 years, to the defense of the human, political and territorial rights of her country’s native people.

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Wahu Kaara – Kenya

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Linked to our presentation of Moving politics … to the people on January 25, 2006.

Also linked to our presentation of THE KENYA DEBT RELIEF NETWORK on January 25, 2006.

She worked actively for preparing the World Social Forum WSF 2006 in Mali.

She is also one of the 1000 women proposed fort the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

Wahu Kaara – Kenya

She says: “African women are not dying for Africa anymore, they want to live for Africa.”

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Aminata Dramane Traore – Mali

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Goes with ‘Assuming Authority‘.

Aminata Dramane Traoré (born 1942) is a Malian author, politician, and political activist. She served as the Minister of Culture and Tourism of Mali from 1997 to 2000 and is a former coordinator of the United Nations Development Programme.

Aminata Dramane Traoré

She is the current Coordinator of ‘Forum pour l’autre Mali/ Forum for the other Mali’ and Associate Coordinator of the International Network for Cultural Diversity and was elected to the board of the International Press Service in July 2005.

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Eric Toussaint – Belgium

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Linked with WSF 2006 – Third World Dept on January 21, 2006. Added February 7, 2008: and linked with Crise à la Banque mondiale et au FMI.

Eric Toussaint is the President of CADTM Belgium (Comité pour l’Annullation des Dettes du Tiers Monde / Committee for the Cancellation of the Third World’s Debt).

Eric Toussaint – Belgium

December 8, 2005 he writes, together with Millet Damien, President (CADTM France) on ‘Europe solidaires sans frontières’ (Europe solidarity without borders):

The World Bank’s bombast about good governance, corruption and reducing poverty is a farce. In reality, the World Bank is supporting an oil pipeline project that allows a notorious dictator to fill his pockets and thumb his nose at the world. Meanwhile, the people of Chad are bleeding themselves dry to repay a monumental debt without enjoying the fruits of a natural resource that is rightly theirs. We propose to take a closer look at a so-called neo-liberal model that has been forced on Chad by the international institutions for the benefit of the major powers and world finance.

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Rémy Herrera – France

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Linked to our presentation of Good Governance against Good Government ? on January 16, 2006.

Rémy Herrera – France

Rémy Herrera, economist, is a CNRS researcher (Centre national de la Recherche scientifique, National Centre for Scientific Research) at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France.

books: Cuba Revolutionnaire (Hardcover);

See a database with articles of Rémy Herrera: Interrogation de la base des publications MATISSE.

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Claire Mahon – Australia & Switzerland

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Linked with op-icescr – again in Geneva of January 31, 2006.

Added February 28, 2008: her photo and this link of Human Rights Tool.org.

Claire Mahon – Consultant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. She joined the Internat. Commission of Jurists (ICJ) in November 2004 as a Legal Consultant responsible for ICJ’s work on economic, social and cultural rights, in particular the campaign for an Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (OP-ICESCR).

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Claire Mahon – Australia & Switzerland

An Australian and New Zealand national, she obtained her LLB (with honours) and BA in International Relations from the Australian National University in Canberra, and later went on to study International Law and International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.

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Ziauddin Sardar – Pakistan

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Linked to our presentation of Rethinking Islam on Jan. 20, 2006.

Ziauddin Sardar writes: the truth about the torture of detainees in Afghanistan and Iraq is simple. The Bush administration sanctioned it, the military deployed it, and the American public gave it a tacit nod of approval. Most of the people who were and are being tortured are innocent. And they are all Muslims.

Ziauddin Sardar – Pakistan

The Torture Papers provides a blow-by-blow account of how the US adopted torture as a standard policy after the events of 11 September 2001. A few days after the attacks, the deputy assistant attorney general John Yoo wrote a memo in which he reasoned that because Afghanistan under the Taliban was a “failed state” and because al-Qaeda was not a state, the Geneva Conventions were applicable neither to the Taliban nor to Qaeda operatives, given that the conventions dealt only with “states”. (Read more of this article in the ‘New Statesman‘).

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Hero Ahmad – Iraq

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She is one of the 1000 women proposed fort the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She says: “Someone can only be strong for the future when they remember the suffering of the past … this gives them roots.”

Hero Ahmad – Iraq

She works for the Kurdistan Save the Children (KSC); the Khak Press and Media Centre (KPMC);
and the Ibrahim Ahmad Foundation (IAF).

Linked to our presentation of Kurdistan Save the Children (KSC) on January 19, 2006.

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John Shattuck – USA

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Mr. Shattuck is a 1970 graduate of Yale Law School. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Rhode Island, Kenyon College, the University of Western Bohemia in the Czech Republic, and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York. He received his BA magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University in 1965 and an MA with First Class Honors in law from Cambridge University in 1967. (Read more on JFKlibrary).

John Shattuck – USA

Chief Executive Officer of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

Short bio.

Paul Kirk, in an introduction speak in December 2003 about John Shattuck: In keeping with the ideals that were at the heart of the presidency of John F. Kennedy, we focus this evening on the topic of freedom and human rights.

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Silja J.A. Talvi – USA

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Silja J.A. Talvi’s writings on prison and criminal justice issues have appeared in such publications as In These Times (where she is a senior editor), the Christian Science Monitor and AlterNet. She is a three-time SPJ Western Washington Journalism Award recipient, and her work appears in the anthology Prison Nation (2003). She is based in Seattle. Her work appears in the anthology, “Prison Nation” (Routledge, 2003). See also her story about suffering killing women on Zmag.

Silja J.A. Talvi – USA

CRIMINALIZING MOTHERHOOD, by Silja J.A. Talvi, 12/2003, published in Media Awareness Project:

Regina McKnight is doing twelve years in prison for a stillbirth, carving out a dangerous intersection between the drug war and the antichoice movement. In the eyes of the South Carolina Attorney General’s office, McKnight committed murder.

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Alfred W. McCoy – USA

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Linked to our presentation of Again about Tortures on Jan. 16, 2006.

Added later: see his article ‘why the McCain torture ban won’t work, the Bush legacy of legalized torture’ of February 8, 2006.

See ALFRED W. McCOY’s new book: ‘Cruel Scienc – The Long Shadow of CIA Torture Research’. The photos from Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison are snapshots, not of simple brutality or a breakdown in discipline, but of CIA torture techniques that have metastasized, over the past 50 years, like an undetected cancer inside the US intelligence community.

Alfred W. McCoy – USA

From 1950 to 1962, the CIA led massive, secret research into coercion and consciousness that reached a billion dollars at peak. After experiments with hallucinogenic drugs, electric shocks, and sensory deprivation, this CIA research produced a new method of torture that was psychological, not physical–best described as “no touch torture.”

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Mutabar Tadjibayeva – Uzbekistan

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She is one of the 1000 women proposed fort the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She says: “The struggle for peace begins with the struggle for spiritual peace and tranquility within people. This is only possible when observance of human rights and freedom for everyone is provided.”

Mutabar Tadjibayeva – Uzbekistan

She works for the Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan (Hrsu), the Organization for the Defense of Rights and Freedoms of Uzbek Journalists and the Committee for Freedom of Speech and Expression.

Linked to our presentation of Committee for Freedom of Speech and Expression on January 15, 2006.

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Usha Menon – India

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Usha Menon is the Director of Resource Development for Asia and the Pacific, at Habitat for Humanity International; and is a Board Member of The Resource Alliance. She is recognised as one of the very few Asian resource developers with experience and expertise in both fundraising and training with multi-national and multi-cultural exposure.

Usha Menon – India

Over the past decade, she has helped launch fundraising initiatives in several countries in Asia and is a celebrated speaker and trainer on this subject. (Read more on Resource Alliance).

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Shami Chakrabarti – India & England

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Linked with Liberty.

She is Director of Liberty. She began this work in September 2003. Having originally joined Liberty in 2001 as In-house Counsel, Shami has worked on a number of Liberty’s high profile cases and has become a recognised expert on the UK’s anti-terrorism laws. Shami also assisted with Liberty’s campaigning work by contributing to the development of policy and strategy and regularly appearing as Liberty spokesperson on a wide range of issues. (Read more on LSE).

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Alfred Sirleaf – Liberia

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Alfred Sirleaf is punished for educating Liberians: In a country where newspapers are a luxury for the minority that can actually read, citizen of capital Monrovia Alfred Sirleaf came up with a novel way to bring the news to the locals. Every morning he would enter the wooden shack that he called the newsroom and started sketching the day’s top stories on a rotating blackboard.

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Sorry, I could not get any photo of Alfred Sirleaf.

Making do with limited tools such as a 70s dictionary donated by a diplomat, he would craft his front page and then turn it around to face pedestrians and drivers. He, who has no formal journalism training, says: “Poverty dominates this country but that doesn’t mean that people don’t want to know what’s going on”.

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Irina Grushevaya – Belarus

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She is one of the 1000 women proposed fort the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She says: “We must not forget Chernobyl; Chernobyl is never and nowhere to happen again!”

Irina Grushevaya – Belarus

She works for the International Association for Humanitarian Cooperation (IAHC).

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Manfred Nowak – Austria

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Linked to our presentation of Special Rapporteur on Torture on January 10, 2006.

Manfred Nowak – Austria

Direct from the web of the International Commission of Jurists: Prof. Manfred Nowak was elected to the Commission in May 1995.

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Tolekan Ismailova – Kyrgyzstan

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She is one of the 1000 women proposed fort the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She says: “Only in an honest, truly sincere society can free people live. These people are to build a new life. They will unite together in common labor, oriented toward creation of their bright future.”

Tolekan Ismailova – Kyrgyzsta

She works for the Civil Society Against Corruption. And she is the Executive Secretary of the Kyrghizstan NGOs Forum.

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Florian Klenk – Österreich

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Wien – Florian Klenk ist “Journalist des Jahres“. Der “Falter”-Journalist, der nun für zwei Jahre den Österreich-Teil der “Zeit” macht, hat 2005 “Meilensteine” gesetzt – “wieder einmal”, wie die Jury feststellt. Zum zweiten Mal hat der “Österreichische Journalist” eine Jahresbilanz der journalistischen Arbeit in diesem Land gezogen. Chefredakteure wie Herbert Lackner, Karl Amon, Andreas Unterberger haben in der Jury mitgewirkt, auch renommierte Medienjournalisten, wie Bernhard Baumgartner und Harald Fidler. Und auch Armin Wolf, “Journalist des Jahres 2004″, war in der Jury.

Siehe auch seinen Artikel in Die Zeit Nr. 52 vom 21. Dezember 2005 zum UN Sonderberichterstatter über Folter, Manfred Nowak.

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Sorry, ich fand keine Photo von Florian Klenk.

Siehe auch unseren Beitrag auf unserem NGO-Blog vom 10. Januar 2006 über die UN-NGOs-Govs-working group in Genf vom 23.Febr. – 5. März 2006.

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Laurie King-Irani – Canada

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Linked to our presentation of The Electronic Intifada on January 8, 2006.

Laurie King-Irani is a co-founder of Electronic Intifada. She is a social anthropologist, freelance writer and journalist. She has conducted anthropological field research on local politics and family structures in Nazareth and Beirut. Former editor of Middle East Report, she now lives and works in British Columbia.

Laurie King-Irani

She edited the Middle East Report Magazine, published by the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP) from 1998-2000.

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Margaret Dongo – Zimbabwe

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She is one of the 1000 women proposed fort the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

Goes with ‘Assuming Authority‘.

She says In Zimbabwe the political field is rough and dirty, and only the tough can survive.

Margaret Dongo – Zimbabwe

Linked to our presentation of Zimbabwe on January 7, 2006.

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Nuri Albala – France

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Linked to our presentation of Can Ordinary People Regain Their Power of Decision. Liée à nos deux publications Le droit, instrument concret de la démocratie – et – Investir tous les lieux de pouvoir.

Updated and re-organized on June 23, 2007.

Nuri Albala is a Lawyer (Bar Association, Paris Appeal Court) since 1966, Member of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (New Delhi / Brussels), Chairman of the International Inquiry Committee “Basic Human Rights and Globalization”, Founder member of “The Observatory on Globalization” (France).

He says: “I was sent for human rights inquiry missions by several NGOs (Iran 5 times, Argentina, Colombia .) and for human rights-teaching missions either by NGOs (Paraguay, Uruguay) or by the H.R. High Commissionneer of the United Nations (Haïti)”. (asef.org).

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Nuri Albala – France

CALL TO SET UP THE COMMITTEE

Seattle; Nice; Prague; Gòteborg; … and then Genoa. Every time, the same scenario: those who represent the mighty of this word meet and take decisions affecting the future of our planet; while those who speak for non-governmental organizations, for citizen associations, for trade-unions and what is known as sociai movements or the civil society get together and affirm that they, as citizens, must have control over what the mighty of this word are doing.

Time and time again, there are grave incidents, even tragic incidents such as those that happened in Genoa.

Greatly concerned about these tragic events, a group of lawyers of different backgrounds have decided ta mobilize for action.

The basic rights of human beings include: freedom of expression; freedom to demonstrate; freedom to come and go; it is these rights and others that are being threatened today.

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Zazi Sadou – Algeria

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She is one of the 1000 women proposed fort the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She says: “The source of my energy is women’s courage, intelligence and indomitable belief in achieving a better world: one that is just for them and for their children, one that we can build together.”

Zazi Sadou – Algeria

She works for the Algerian Assembly of Democratic Women (AADW), and for the Women Living under Muslim Laws (WLUML).

Linked to our presentation of Women Living under Muslim Laws WLUML on January 5, 2006. And also linked to our presentation of Shadow Report on Algeria on the same date.

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Rela Mazali – Israel

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She is one of the 1000 women proposed fort the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She says: “This struggle, for me, has branched into almost every part of my life. It has fed and formed both my creative work as a writer and my work as a peace activist, which are in turn interconnected.”

Rela Mazali – Israel

She works for the New Profile Movement for the Civilization of Israeli Society (NPMfCIS)

Linked to our presentation of Raising boys to maintain armies on January 4, 2006.

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Chibli Mallat – Lebanon

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Chibli Mallat was born in Beirut in 1960. After studies in Lebanon, France, the US and the UK, he taught law at the University of London for a decade, where he also served as Director of the Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law.

Chibli Mallat – Lebanon

He left London in 1995 to return to legal practise in Beirut as principal of Mallat Law Offices, a long-established law firm with a renewed focus on international law. He also pursued his academic career at Université Saint-Joseph, where he holds the first Jean Monnet Chair of European Law to be conferred by the European Union in the Middle East.

Also linked to our presentation of Iraq Initiative – European Colleague on January 3, 2006.

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Jemma Hasratyan – Armenia

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She is one of the 1000 women proposed fort the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She says: “Look at the world through the eyes of a woman that holds a child in her hands!” – And: “We urge Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia to join the Mine Ban Treaty and help rid the world of antipersonnel landmines”.

Jemma Hasratyan – Armenia

Dr Hasratian works as President for the Armenian Association of Women with University Education / AAWUE Center for Gender Studies and holds a Ph.D. in Education.

She works also for the Armenian National Committee of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and is representing it.

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Eric Stover – USA

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Linked with Beyond the Law, and with the Human Rights Center.

Eric Stover is Director of the Human Rights Center and Adjunct Professor of Public Health. He was the Executive Director of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) until December 1995. Since 1993, he has severed on several medicolegal investigations as an “Expert on Mission” to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.

Eric Stover, HR activist and writer – USA

In March and April 1995, he conducted a survey of mass graves throughout Rwanda for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. In June 1984, Mr. Stover testified for the prosecution at the trial of leaders of the military junta which ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983.

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