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Monday, October 12, 1998

Human Rights Activist Liam Mahony Lectures November 5

SALISBURY, MD--Author and human rights activist Liam Mahony speaks on Standing in Harm s Way: Pragmatic Nonviolence Confronts Organized Terror on Thursday, November 5, in Salisbury State University s Fulton Hall Room 111 at 6:45 p.m.. Sponsored by the Center for Conflict Resolution his presentation is free and open to the public.

Co-author of Unarmed Bodyguards: International Accompaniment for the Protection of Human Rights, Mahony s presentation is part of a national speaking tour during which he shares the experiences of international volunteers who have travelled across the globe to stand in harms way, counting on the fact that human rights abusers do not want their crimes viewed by outside witnesses.

Mahony gives an in-depth look at a daring new practice known as international accompaniment: where unarmed volunteers physically accompany human rights activists facing threats from death squads and tyrannical governments. In addition to sharing these experiences, Mahony will recount his interviews with dictators, generals, presidents and state bureaucrats to help listeners get a good understanding of what goes on in the minds of those who plot to deny human rights.

An activist and freelance writer from Truro, MA, he has been actively involved since 1987 with accompaniment work through Peace Brigade International (PBI) and has served three times in Guatemala and co-founded the Peace Brigades Haiti Project. Mahony has also served as a trainer for the Seva Foundation and the National Coordinating Office for Refugees and Displaced, training volunteers to accompany refugees returning to Guatemala. For more information contact the Center for Conflict Resolution at 410-219-2873.

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