Corruption in Paraguay

September 30, 2013

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Location: Ford Life Sciences, room 113

Cameranesi at an SOAW protest.

Theresa Cameranesi of SOA Watch will give the presentation, "Paraguay: Corruption, impunity, the new-style coup and the need for land redistribution."

Theresa Cameranesi led a delegation of activists to Paraguay during the April 2013 elections, coming at the request of Paraguayan human rights groups to observe the elections and also look at the human rights situation in which they took place. The elections came after a coup "expres" which had thrown out the democratically-elected president Fernando Lugo, widely condemned as a break in the democratic process. Seen by some as the model for coups of the future, Theresa will talk about that June 2012 coup, and about current challenges in a land where 85% of the land is in the hands of 2% of the people.

First arriving in Paraguay in 1983 as a Peace Corps volunteer, Cameranesi lived three years under the harsh Stroessner dictatorship, and has not been long or far away since. After living among survivors of torture, she started to work with School of the Americas Watch (SOA Watch, or SOAW) and is now on the SOAW National Council and on the Legislative Working Group.

There will be updates on the annual SOAW protest Nov. 22-24, at Ft. Benning, Ga.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about CLASA and its events, see the CLASA website. This event is co-sponsored by CLASA and the Gesu Peace and Justice Committee.

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Contact: Gail Presbey, CLASA director
Phone: 313-993-1124