Human Rights Advocate to Speak at Hartwick

March 3, 2010

The Hartwick College chapter of Amnesty International will sponsor an evening with human rights advocate Rev. Dr. William L. Wipfler at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10 in the Celebration Room of Shineman Chapel House on the Hartwick College campus.

The Rev. William L. Wipfler, Ph.D., DD, has served as a human rights advocate for more than 40 years.

One of the principal justice issues that has concerned him during this time is the use of torture and cruel and inhuman punishment on prisoners in many countries of the world. It is his contention that it was not the events following September 11 that led to its use at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, Bagram, or CIA secret locations, but that it has existed as an unheralded policy for U.S. intelligence and military personnel since shortly after World War II, organizers said.

It also is Dr. Wipfler's contention that is has been a lack of accountability at the highest levels of government that has permitted torture's continued use in spite of international and U.S. legislation that clearly criminalizes those responsible.

The talk is free, and the public is encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

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