Mittwoch, 6.02.2019, 19:00 Uhr, Berlin, Denkerei, Oranienplatz 2, 10999 Berlin
Please, register until 4 February here: https://www.ecchr.eu/en/event/law-versus-power/
Wolfgang Kaleck, founder and General Secretary of ECCHR, presents his new book: "Law vs Power" recounts his involvement in numerous human rights cases and gives full voice to those fighting for justice. Edward Snowden contributed the foreword to the book.
Together with Nadja Vancauwenberghe, Publisher and Editor in Chief of Exberliner, Kaleck will discuss today’s challenges and opportunities in the struggle for human rights.
The event will be held in English, Admission to the event is free of charge. The venue is wheelchair accessible.
The book talk can be followed via livestream on ECCHR’s Facebook page.
Wolfgang Kaleck, best known as Edward Snowden's lawyer, is a human rights activist extraordinaire. For more than two decades, he has travelled the world to fight alongside those suffering injustice at the hands of powerful players, people who, prior to the arrival of Kaleck and his colleagues, often enjoyed impunity.
Kaleck's work has taken him to Buenos Aires, to stand with the mothers of youngsters "disappeared" under the Argentinian military dictatorship; to exiled Syrian communities, where he assembled the case against torture mandated by those high up in the Assad government; to Central America, where he collaborated with those pursuing the Guatemalan military for its massacres of indigenous people; to New York, to partner with the Center for Constitutional Rights in taking action against Donald Rumsfeld for the "enhanced interrogation techniques" he greenlighted after 9/11; and to Moscow, where he represents the whistle-blower Edward Snowden, "a likeable man whose talents go far beyond his technical skills."
In recounting his involvement in such cases, Kaleck gives full voice to those he is representing, emphasizing the courage and persistence they bring to the global search for justice. The result is a book crammed with compelling and vivid stories, underscoring the notion that, while the world is often a terrible place, universal standards of human rights can prevail when people are willing to struggle for them.