Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Must Read

Please check out the new book by Juan E. Mendez with South Carolina poet laureate Marjory Wentworth, Taking a Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights.

Mendez gives an account of his own abduction and torture under the Argentine military dictatorship and his subsequent career in human rights law to detail the broader story of how human rights, beginning with the administration of Jimmy Carter, became an important part of the diplomatic process.  The story is harrowing and moving.  Mendez now lives in the U.S. and has acted in a variety of roles with human rights organizations and the United Nations.  He continues the fight for our global society to demand human rights accountability from all governments.

This is a great and important read for everyone!  Find your local independent bookstore here and pick up a copy!  And if you are in the New York area, hear Mendez speak on October 24th in an event sponsored by the Open Society Foundation.

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