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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.

Featuring:

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: Sabine Blaizin

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