Lauren Carasik

Lauren Carasik is a Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of the International Human Rights Clinic and the Legal Services Clinic at Western New England University School of Law.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 12:41pm
The US Should Respect Venezuela’s Democracy
Venezuela is facing a protracted political crisis.
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Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 1:15pm
Honduras: Where the Blood Flows and the Rivers are Dammed
It is all too easy for one’s eyes to glaze over at the headlines of yet another murder in Honduras, the country that earned the dubious moniker of the world’s murder capital. Forty-nine year-old Tomas Garcia was shot dead on July 15, just one of thousands of victims.
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 11:18am
Honduras: When Will the US Stop Funding Death Squads?
A resurgence of death squad activity targeting suspected gang members and others is exacting a mounting toll in Honduras, a country already wracked by violence and impunity.
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Friday, May 24, 2013 - 1:10pm
Justice Postponed in Guatemala
In a conviction that initially reassured observers around the world, former Guatemalan dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt, was found guilty on May 10 of genocide and crimes against humanity. He was the first head of state held to account for such atrocities in a national tribunal.
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Monday, May 13, 2013 - 1:20pm
As the UN Evades Responsibility for the Cholera Epidemic, Haitians Continue to Suffer
Advocates for over 5,000 victims of cholera in Haiti put the UN on notice that they intend to file suit in a national court if the UN continues its refusal to provide compensation for its negligence in introducing cholera to the country. Haiti’s first cholera epidemic in over a century compounded the misery in a country reeling from the devastating 2010 earthquake that ravaged its already vulnerable health and sanitation system. As of this month, the epidemic has caused incalculable suffering - the death toll from cholera exceeds 8,100, and over 654,000 Haitians have been sickened.
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Friday, May 3, 2013 - 8:50am
More Blood Soaked Clothing in Bangladesh
Last Wednesday’s collapse of the Rana Plaza on the outskirts of Dhaka over 400 people dead, mostly young women, and the death toll may rise as more bodies are pulled from the building’s mangled wreckage.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 12:27pm
The Long Arc of Justice in Guatemala
Thirty years ago, a "scorched earth" counterinsurgency strategy in the Quiche region of Guatemala left 1,771 Maya Ixil dead, tens of thousands displaced, and ruptured the social fabric of the community. This ruthless campaign of state repression was carried out by General Jose Efrain Rios Montt during the darkest chapter of the 36-year conflict, in which 200,000 Guatemalans died, the vast majority of whom were indigenous Mayans, and another 50,000 disappeared.
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Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 10:51am
When Fear Eclipses Justice, We All Lose: Shutter Guantanamo Now
Eleven years into their incarceration at Guantanamo Bay, many desperate detainees are exerting what little control they still exert over their lives: they are refusing to eat. As word of the hunger strikes began trickling out of the prison in February, lawyers for the detainees became increasingly alarmed at the harrowing conditions their clients were reporting. Even now a vast discrepancy separates the official story and what numerous counsels have witnesse
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Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 9:37am
Legacy of a Massacre: The World Bank and the Chixoy Dam
March 13, 2012 marked the somber 30 year anniversary of the massacre of 177 innocent women and children in the remote Maya Achi village of Rio Negro, Guatemala, one of four massacres carried out against the village in 1982. Three decades later, with the unfailing courage and persistence of its leaders in the face of relentless threats, the community has unearthed the truth, reburied their dead and continues to honor their memory.
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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 3:23pm
Haiti, Cholera and the United Nations: Negligence and the Rule of Law
When the United Nations Security Council visited Haiti last week to assess its reconstruction progress, it should have evaluated the impact of the UN’s refusal to accept responsibility for the claims brought by victims of the cholera introduced to Haiti by UN peacekeepers. Like any entity, the UN has a right to defend itself against claims leveled against it. In this case however, the UN should consider whether efforts to thwart accountability undermines its overarching global mission of promoting the rule of law and fighting poverty.
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