Thursday, March 19, 2009

End Impunity!

We attended the Center for Justice and Accountability 10th anniversary dinner the other night in San Francisco. Paul Farmer was the keynote speaker and discussed legal issues rather than health issues. He is a very interesting and engaging speaker. Here is a clip from the speech:

There were also two honorees that evening, One was a doctor from El Salvador who was tortured 25 years ago for giving health support to the "wrong people" according to the then government of El Salvador. He filed and prevailed in a lawsuit in the U.S. and collected on a multimillion dollar judgment which he returned to the people of his country.

The other honoree was a homegrown lawyer from Haiti who runs a human rights law practice in Haiti. Here is more info on that award from the CJA website:

Bureau Des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) has helped victims prosecute human rights cases, trained Haitian lawyers and spoken out on justice issues since 1995. BAI's Raboteau Massacre Case was one of the most significant human rights cases ever in the Western Hemisphere and was a springboard for CJA's U.S. case against Haitian human rights abuser Colonel Carl Dorélien. Leading human rights attorney and BAI founder and director Mario Joseph will accept the award.

The event took place at the City Club of San Francisco where there is a famous mural by Diego Rivera. Here is a picture of the mural that we passed on our way to the room where the speeches took place:

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