Ottawa, Canada, February 26, 2009 – Three decades of violent conflict in Guatemala formally ended in 1996, but violence continues to be a daily struggle for many Guatemalans. Carlos Castresana, a renowned human rights prosecutor, will be in Ottawa on February 27 to discuss these challenges at a panel organized by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).
February 27, 2009
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: 150 Kent Street (Corner of Albert), 8th Floor
Castresana heads the UN’s International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, which investigates and promotes the prosecution of illegal security organizations. He led the charge against General Augusto Pinochet before the Audiencia Nacional in Spain, and holds the status of Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations. Other speakers include Jayne Stoyles,Canadian Centre for International Justice; Kimberly Inksater, Just Governance Group; Karen Cocq, InterPares; and, Markus Gottsbacher, IDRC.
The event is open to the media. Spaces are limited and journalists are encouraged to register by calling Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé at 613-696-2343.
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