My Meeting with a Former ISIL Sex Slave

Nadia Murad was held captive by ISIL. Her family murdered. Her home taken. She was enslaved. After a failed attempt to escape, which led to her being raped by militants until she passed out, she was finally successful. Murad recently visited Lund University in an event hosted by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, where…

What Do Human Rights Mean to You?

What do human rights mean to you? Unfortunately, far too many people see human rights as some far off ideas discussed at the UN — words that have no meaning and no impact on their lives. I could give a definition and list all of the international treaties. I could describe the obligations that states…

Learning From the Torture Memos

Photo credit:takomabibelot flickr stream Around the world, human rights lawyers and activists know about the “Torture Memos” – a series of memos prepared from 2001 to 2007 by lawyers for the US Office of Legal Counsel advising the US military and CIA that they were not bound by the plain meaning of the Geneva Conventions.  When…