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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 Victims of Torture

Date: 
Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 10:30am
Location: 
Room H-137 of the U.S. Capitol Building

Announcement

In recognition of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a briefing featuring testimonies from torture survivors.

This panel will provide personal testimonies by torture survivors from Cameroon and Ethiopia. The State Department's 2013 Human Rights Report and the UN Committee Against Torture's country reports document egregious human rights violations in both countries, from torture and abuse by police and prison officials to imprisonment of students and journalists and high numbers of deaths in custody. The panelists will discuss their own experiences in the broader context of human rights violations in their respective countries, and offer recommendations on steps the U.S. Congress can take to improve human rights and eliminate torture in these countries and elsewhere. The discussion will be moderated by staff of the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) International of Washington, D.C., an organization that supports torture survivors in the Washington metropolitan area by providing social services and advocacy training.

The briefing is open to Members, staff and the public. If you have any questions please contact Carson Middleton (for Rep. Pitts) at 202-225-2411 or Carson.Middleton@mail.house.gov or Shad Klein (for Rep. McGovern) at 202-225-3599 or Shadman.Klein@mail.house.gov.

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC
Joseph R. Pitts, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC

Participants

Panelists

  • Mr. Feyera Sobokssa, Ethiopia
  • Mr. Alene Tewodajj, Ethiopia
  • HRH Forchenmbin Charles, Cameroon

Moderator

  • Ms. Andrea Barron, Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC)

Bios [PDF]

114th Congress