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Africa atrocities stressed at press conference

13 March 2007

ATTENTION: International human rights, legal affairs and local news reporters, editors

Contact: Yasmin Anwar, Media Relations
(510) 643-7944 yanwar@berkeley.edu

A press conference hosted by the Human Rights Center at the University of California, Berkeley, featuring Lt. General Romeo Dallaire, former commander of the United Nations (U.N.) peacekeeping troops during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda; Sudanese refugee Valentino Achak Deng, the subject of Dave Eggers' novelized autobiography "What Is the What;" and Juan Méndez, special advisor to the U.N. on the prevention of genocide.

Speakers will cover the key issues addressed in the March 13-15 "Stopping Mass Atrocities" conference at UC Berkeley, an event that will seek to build support for the U.N.'s 2006 "Responsibility to Protect" (R2P) resolution. If put into practice, R2P would place the safety of individuals caught in deadly conflicts above the sovereignty of a country in determining when international forces should step in. Among those attending the conference due to interest in global injustices will be a dozen students from Wood River High School in Blaine County, Idaho.

This Wednesday, March 14, noon-1 p.m.

Barrows Hall, Room 166, UC Berkeley. See campus map at: http://www.berkeley.edu/map/