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Contributed by Sonali Wickrematunge Samarasinghe on 04/09/2013
Human Rights Watch lawyer and activist Elise Keppler will deliver a talk on the efficacy of the International Criminal Court and the promise of global justice today April 9 from 7-9 pm at the Clark Lounge. Free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
Elise Keppler tirelessly advocated for former Liberian president Charles Taylor’s surrender to the Special Court and Darfur’s referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC). In May 2012 Taylor was convicted of war crimes and sentenced to 50 years in prison for his part in Sierra Leone’s civil war. Taylor was the first former head of state to be convicted of war crimes by an international court since the Nuremberg trials of Nazis after World War II. Taylor calls the decision a travesty of justice and, in February 2013, appealed his conviction.
Please come today with as many friends/students/colleagues/activists as you can. And spread the word as we try to keep the conversation focused on human rights and accountability in the world.
Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Kim Wojtanik at 607 274 3409. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.