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Prisoners of Conscience: Civil Disobedience and the S.O.A.


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Tens of thousands of military officers throughout Latin America have been trained in counterinsurgency tactics by the U.S. Army. Some of the graduates of the School of the Americas — now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation — have been linked to grave human rights violations. On this program we take a look at the School of the Americas, and a broad-based movement of human rights activists and religious groups that’s organizing to shut down the institute.


Pedro Dias Romero, former head of the human rights division of the Attorney General’s office in Colombia
SOA activists: Abi Miller; Peter Gelderloos; Lee Sturgis; Reverend Eric Johnson; Elizabeth Johnson; Amy Ward; Father Louie Vitale.

Miller, Gelderloos, Sturgis, Rev. Johnson, and Father Vitale received prison sentences raning from 3 to 6 months for acts of civil disobedience at Fort Benning, Georgia.

For more information:

SOA Watch National Office – Washington, DC

Author: Radio Project

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