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Human Rights Defender: A Conversation with Dr. Hoat

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013
Time: 03:15PM - 04:15PM
Description: The Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law invites you to join us in conversation with human rights defender Dr. Hoat, as part of the Speak Truth To Power Human Rights Teaching Fellows Program. Dr. Doan Viet Hoat is an outspoken defender of human rights and a voice for freedom and democracy in his home country of Vietnam. In 1975 North Vietnam took over South Vietnam. Shortly after, Dr. Hoat was imprisoned for “attempting to overthrow the people’s government.” From his cramped prison cell that he shared with forty other prisoners, Dr. Hoat continued to issue pro-democratic statements and criticism of the regime. In an attempt to silence him, the government held Dr. Hoat in solitary confinement for four years. However, Dr. Hoat continued to advocate for democracy and freedom. After more than twenty years in prison, Dr. Hoat was released and subsequently exiled from Vietnam. Today, as a winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, he continues to fight for human rights and democracy in Vietnam.
Sponsor: The Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Location: WCL Room 600
Contact Name: Michael Baney
Contact Phone: 202-274-4180
Contact Email: baney@wcl.american.edu
Posted On: 10/17/13

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