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Amnesty International-Group 50, Evanston/Rogers Park, will commemorate International Human Rights Day at 7 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Evanston Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. The program is titled “Torture… School of the Americas, Bagram, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo … Where Do We Stand Now?”
Two of the speakers, Mario Venegas and Sister Dianna Ortiz, are victims and survivors of torture. For several months, Mr. Venegas, now an Evanston resident, was held prisoner prisoner and tortured by the Chilean government in one of its “camps.” He will also facilitate the program.
Sister Ortiz, a Catholic Ursuline Nun, was abducted and tortured while serving as a missionary in Guatemala in 1989.
Other speakers are Gary Isaac, who served as Habeas Counsel and Political Strategist on detainee issues and has worked extensively on behalf of Guantanamo detainees; and Jamal Watkins, Midwest regional director for Amnesty International USA.