The Robert H. Jackson Center will host the opening of the International Humanitarian Law Dialogs (IHLD) with a program featuring the presentation of the Joshua Heintz Award for Humanitarian Achievement, followed by A Conversation with Zainab Hawa Bangura, former United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict. The event beginning at 7:00 pm, will be held in the Cappa Theatre of the Jackson Center.
The annual Joshua Heintz Award for Humanitarian Achievement recognizes individuals who demonstrate compassion, vision, and dedication in pursuit of international humanitarian justice. This year’s award honors Allyson Caison and Christina Cowger. Caison and Cowger are founding members of the grassroots network of human rights advocates, North Carolina Stop Torture Now. The organization worked to end America’s Rendition, Detention and Interrogation program and led an effort to stop flights from North Carolina that were used to transport suspects for torture in secret prisons in other countries. This award has been described by the EU Reporter as “one of the world’s most prestigious individual achievement prizes.”
Dr. Zainab Bangura will be interviewed after the award presentation by Gregory Peterson, Phillips Lytle partner and co-founder of the Jackson Center. Over the past two decades, Bangura, the 2017 winner of the Heintz Award, has worked in the pursuit of justice for victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity, both in her native Sierra Leone and around the world.
The public is also welcome to attend the IHLD seminars and lectures being held on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution on Monday and Tuesday, August 27-28. Attendance is free of charge.
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