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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

International Day in Support of Survivors of Torture Panel

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 11:00am
402 Cannon


This panel will provide personal testimonies by torture survivors from Ethiopia, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. The State Department’s 2013 Human Rights Report documents egregious human rights violations in all three countries, from torture and abuse by police officials to imprisonment of students, journalists, academics, and political dissidents who criticize the government. The three panelists will discuss their own experiences in the broader context of human rights violations in their countries, and offer recommendations on steps the U.S. Congress can take to improve human rights in these countries. This briefing is co-sponsored by the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) International in Washington DC, which provides social services to survivors in the Washington metropolitan area and trains survivors to advocate against torture in the United States.

If you have any questions, please contact the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at 202-225-3599 or

James P. McGovern, Co-Chair TLHRC
Frank R. Wolf, Co-Chair TLHRC


  • Bekele Wayu Wariyo, Ethiopia
  • Daniel Nkalamo, Cameroon
  • Pedro Mangue, Equatorial Guinea
113th Congress