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Sri Lanka: The Art of National Dialogue and Reconciliation

Sri Lanka: The Art of National Dialogue and Reconciliation by Amy Fagin Opening Addresses: Colombo, Sri Lanka “And seeing him sit day after day, sinister, silent, twisting his rope to a future purpose of evilness…I sense the charred-wood smell again…of charred-wood-midnight-fear…knowing that nothing is impossible…that nothing is impossible…that anything is possible…that there is no safety in words or houses…that boundaries …

Witnessing Argentina’s 40 Year Legacy of Truth, Justice and Memory

2000th March of the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo Written by Amy Fagin 2016 marks a milestone anniversary year for Argentina.  40 years ago this country was thrust into a period of state organized extreme violence precipitated by a “golpe de Estado”on March 24th punctuated by kidnappings, mass arrests, torture, and murder and operation of over 600 clandestine detention …

Bangladesh: The Journey from Genocide to Justice and Prevention

Bangladesh: The Journey from Genocide to Justice and Prevention 2nd Winter School: Genocide, Justice and the New Generation Center for the Study of Genocide and Justice Sponsored by the Liberation War Museum, Dhaka Bangladesh written by Amy Fagin At 40 thousand feet, flying from Dhaka to Dubai the Himalaya mountain range stretches from horizon to horizon, like a row of …

Genocide Scholars Review: The 5th International Conference on Genocide: Bangladesh and the Pursuit of Justice

We, the delegates attending the 5th International Conference on Genocide: Bangladesh and the Pursuit of Justice, February 27, 2015 to March 1, 2015, arrived at Dhaka International Airport to beautiful bouquets of flowers and swarms of hungry mosquitos. Fortunately for the international visitors the mosquitos showed a distinct preference for dining at the airport. And, if I consider the metaphor …

Nyange Rwanda: A Deeper Reflection

Nyange Rwanda: A Deeper Reflection A Short Picture / Essay Amy Fagin The valley carved out by the Mbirurume River in the Western Province of the “Land of a Thousand Hills” was a scenic spot to get out of the car for a breeze and joke with the local kids. “Land of a Million Hills” our driver, Didier, grumbled as …

African Union Human Rights Memorial Project: Herculean Task, Heroic Contestants

“Monumental” is not too grand a description of the task put before the working groups invited to the Third Consultative Meeting of the African Union Human Rights Memorial (AUHRM) April 11th and 12th, 2013, at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa. Lessons in contrasts, compromises, determination and irony of stark proportions were immediately apparent to this participant. My invitation …

Prisoner Without A Name

This past weekend my husband and I were dining with local and international friends.  I was mentioning an interview I had recently heard on Harry Shearer Le-Show with  Alexa O’Brien.  Ms O’Brien is an independent journalist who is , uniquely, covering the Bradley Manning pre-trial hearings.  In my recollection of the interview to my guests I had voiced my concern …

Book Review: War, Genocide and Justice: Cambodian American Memory Work

War, Genocide and Justice: Cambodian American Memory Work: Cathy J. Schlund-Vials University of Minnesota Press 2012 Book Review: by Amy Fagin For Cambodian Americans, the challenges of identity, as individuals and community, whose recent past embodies the societal fragmentation and the trauma of war, genocide and relocation is the raw material for ” memory work” in Cathy J. Schlund-Vial’s publication …