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School of Law Explores The Guatemala Experience

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The School of Law hosted Jennifer Harbury as part of its Clason Speaker Series. Harbury, an author, attorney, and activist for human rights in Guatemala, delivered a speech titled “U.S. Torture Practices: The Guatemala Experience” on September 13.

clason_91311jpgIn discussing Guatemala today, Harbury painted the picture in black and white saying “Guatemala today is at a crossroads. There are two possibilities; completely opposite directions. Guatemala can either proceed to Nuremberg trials, which I hope everyone in this room is supportive of, which means putting the highest echelon of the intellectual authors of the genocide that went on in Guatemala for the past 40 years in prison. The other possibility is that one of the people who was the intellectual authors who carried out the campaign of genocide will become president, Guatemala will explode, and the bloodbath that has been repeated every generation for 500 years will start again.”

The next Clason speaker will be Claudio Grossman, Dean, Professor of Law, and the Raymond Geraldson Scholar for International and Humanitarian Law at the American University Washington College of Law. Grossman will discuss "The Future of the Inter-American System of Protection of Human Rights" on October 25 at 12:00 noon in the Blake Law Center Commons.

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