Oak Symposium 2005

Torture and Human Rights: Challenge of Rehabilitation and Redress

November 19, 2005   ~ COLBY COLLEGE
9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Panel #1 - Torture Rehabilitation: Medical and Psychological Perspectives
Moderator/ Chair: Dr. Frances Lovemore, Amani Trust (2005 Oak Fellow at Colby)
Panelists:   Douglas Johnson, Executive Director of the Center for the Victims of Torture (St. Paul, Minnesota)
        Allen Keller, Program Director of the Bellevue/NYU Program for the Survivors of Torture

11:00a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Panel #2 - Civil Suits as a Form of Redress: Suing the Salvadoran Generals
Moderator: Ariel Armony, Colby College Department of Government
Panelists:   Carlos Mauricio, TASSC International, torture survivor and plaintiff in the Romagosa                      case against former Salvadoran Generals Garcia and Vides Casanova
        Shawn Roberts, from Bay Area Legal Aid, and the principal lawyer in the case

12:30 - 2:15 p.m.
LUNCH (free and open to the public), during which we will have the keynote address:
Human Rights and The Crisis in Zimbabwe
Beatrice Mtetwa, Zimbabwean Human Rights Lawyer

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Panel #3 - Transitional Justice - Prosecution of Perpetrators; Reparations for Victims
Ken Rodman, Director of the Oak Institute at Colby College
Panelists: Carla Ferstman, Director of Redress and a human rights lawyer
                    Bent Sorensen, Senior Medical Consultant for the International Rehabilitation Council
                                                  for Torture Victims (IRCT) in Copenhagen
       Nieves Molina, Legal Advisor and Programme Coordinator for Latin America (IRCT)

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Workshop - New Tactics in Human Rights
Director: Douglas Johnson, Center for Victims of Torture
The New Tactics in Human Rights Project celebrates innovations in tactics developed around the world and across sectors that can be used to resolve endemic human rights problems.  It applies a broader tactical vocabulary to create more comprehensive and effective human rights strategies.  The workshop will lay out the intellectual and research framework of the project and the kinds of skills that students and community members can learn to have an impact to change the world.

Please join us for this tremendous day!