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Oct. 11: Haiti: The International Community’s Dictatorship

Talk by Brian Concannon, Jr., Director, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti

When: Tuesday 11 October, 7:00 PM

Where: Marian College, Allison Mansion, 3200 Cold Spring Rd. Indianapolis

Human rights lawyer and activist Brian Concannon Jr. directs the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), which promotes human rights in Haiti by litigating cases in Haitian, U.S. and international courts, documenting human rights violations and working with grassroots activists in Haiti, North America and throughout the world. Mr. Concannon writes and speaks often about justice, human rights and democracy in Haiti. He has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, Democracy Now! and radio and print media throughout the world. Mr. Concannon lived and worked in Haiti from 1995 to 2004, first with the United Nations, and after 1996 with the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Port-au-Prince. The BAI was established by the elected Haitian government to help victims and the justice system prosecute human rights cases, mostly from Haiti’s 1991-1994 de facto military dictatorship. Mr. Concannon is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. He is a 2005-06 Wasserstein Public Interest Law Fellow at Harvard Law School, and held a Brandeis International Fellowship in Human Rights, Intervention and International Law from 2001-2003.

Sponsored by the Franciscan Center for Global Studies

If you like this event, check out …the discussion of what we can do to solve global poverty Fran Quigley and I will have November 3. In addition to his work directing the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, writing some of the best articles about poverty and justice in Indianapolis, and visiting Beirut (safely to my great relief), Fran is deeply engaged in Haitian issues. Now that I think about it, Fran and will also discuss torture at the ICLU conference: he will be con, I will (I’m afraid) be pro. On poverty and Haiti we should be much closer to each other.

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