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Activist to speak on U.S. initiatives in Andean region, Dec. 5

Alexis Ponce, national spokesperson and executive director of the Permanent Assembly for Human Rights in Ecuador, will present a lecture on Thursday, Dec. 5. He will discuss "Ecuador and the Andean Region: The Effects of a Silent War" at 4:30 p.m. in 016 Robertson Hall.

Ponce is an expert in all areas of human rights in Ecuador, focusing on the impact of militarization of Ecuador under Plan Colombia and the Andean Regional Initiative. He is an outspoken critic of these initiatives, the U.S. military base in Manta, Columbia, and the U.S. fumigation program along the Colombia-Ecuador border.

Plan Colombia is a $1.3 billion military aid package passed under the Clinton Administration that President George W. Bush has furthered as the Andean Regional Initiative. The initiative seeks to combat drug production and trafficking from Central and South America while strengthening democracy, creating regional stability and assisting economic development.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs .

Contact: Tom Bartus(609) 258-3601

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