Advisory - Justice, Human Rights, and Impunity in Guatemala: The Role of the UN International Commission against Impunity

    OTTAWA, Feb. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - 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).

    Date: Friday,
    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,
twice-nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize; 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.

    About IDRC

    Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is one of the
world's leading institutions in the generation and application of new
knowledge to meet the challenges of international development. For nearly 40
years, IDRC has worked in close collaboration with researchers from the
developing world to build healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous

For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé, (613) 696-2343,

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