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Human rights activist to discuss workers' rights, March 14

Michael Posner, executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights , will present a public lecture titled, "Workers' Rights: A Human Rights Perspective," at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in Bowl 1, Robertson Hall.

Posner became the executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights the year the organization was founded. For almost a quarter of a century, he has led human rights fact-finding and diplomatic missions to dozens of countries, and published articles on human rights in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications.

Under his leadership, the committee has investigated and documented numerous human rights issues; led efforts to eliminate sweatshop abuses in the U.S. and abroad; played a role in the creation of the International Criminal Court, the world's first permanent tribunal to prosecute serious international crimes including war crimes and genocide; drafted and led the campaign to adopt the Torture Victims Protection Act, a federal statute designed to make U.S. courts available to provide civil remedies to the victims of serious human rights issues around the world; and provided the largest pro bono legal assistance program in the U.S. to thousands of indigent asylum seekers.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs . It is free and open to the public.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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