Thursday February 11th 2016, 7pm – 9pm, Europa Hotel Belfast
Victims’ right to truth, national security & dealing with the past
When does legitimate state secrecy become cover-up?
Geraldine Finucane has been an inspiration to thousands of bereaved relatives as she has led the Finucane family in their dignified campaign for an inquiry into the state sponsored killing of her husband Pat and consequently into the UK government’s overall policy of collusion.
Frank La Rue is a human Rights lawyer from Guatemala and former UN Special Rapporteur on the Freedom of Expression. Frank has written extensively on the Right to Truth, the right to know and freedom of information for victims and survivors of conflict globally. Frank has also advised governments on national security and was central to the development of the international Tshwane principles on national security and disclosure, to which the UK government is a signatory.
Paul Seils began his professional career as a criminal defense lawyer in Scotland in 1991. From 1997 he spent nearly five years in Guatemala as legal director of one the country’s main NGOs, designing and directing investigations on behalf of victims into massacres committed by the military during the civil war.
He has held senior positions in the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC, in the Rule of Law section of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and at the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). He has written widely on theory and practice in transitional justice, particularly on the importance of national prosecutions and complementarity, challenges in investigating mass crimes in transitional contexts, and on mapping and selection issues.
He returned to ICTJ in October 2010, having been one of its original senior associates when the organization began in 2001.
Questions and Answers with journalist Yvette Shapiro