Wednesday, October 28, 2009
"Holding U.S. Government Officials and Corporations Accountable for Torture and Human Rights Abuses Committed Abroad"
- Wednesday, October 28
- Rutgers School of Law
- Baker Trial Court Room
- 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Introduction of speaker by Yael Bromberg
The program will open with a film clip entitled, "The Case Against Shell: Landmark Human Rights Trial." The video focuses on the background events surrounding Shell's complicity in the torture, detention and execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa and other environmental human rights activists and protestors in Nigeria. Following the clip, Maria LaHood, a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, will lecture with a focus on her cases and the use of the Alien Tort Claims Act to hold government officials and corporations accountable for torture and human rights abuses committed abroad. Some of Maria LaHood's cases include Wiwa v. Shell and Arar v. Ashcroft, a case revolving around extraordinary rendition. Arar, a Canadian citizen was sent to Syria, by the U.S.
government, where he was tortured, forced to falsely confess, and released after one year without ever being charged.