Event: Joining together to stop investigative torture: A conversation with Karen Tse, International Bridges to Justice
Joining together to stop investigative torture: A conversation with Karen Tse, International Bridges to Justice
When: April 3rd, 12 – 1 pm
Where: WCC 3018
In too many countries, it’s still normal to torture prisoners for confessions and information. Karen Tse works to end that. A former public defender, Karen Tse developed an interest in the intersection of criminal law and human rights after observing Southeast Asian refugees held in a local prison without trial, often tortured to obtain “confessions.” In 1994, she moved to Cambodia to train the country’s first core group of public defenders. Under the auspices of the UN, she trained judges and prosecutors, and established the first arraignment court in Cambodia.
In 2000, Tse founded International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) to help create systemic change in criminal justice and promote basic rights of legal representation for defendants on the ground. Her foundation complements the work of witness groups, who do the equally vital work of advocacy, reports, photographs. Tse’s group helps governments build new systems that respect individual rights. In IBJ’s first years, she negotiated groundbreaking measures in judicial reform with the Chinese, Vietnamese and Cambodian governments. It now works in sixteen countries, including Rwanda, Burundi and India. As a social entrepreneur, Tse is supported by Skoll, Echoing Green, and Ashoka Foundations.
Sponsored by Advocates for Human Rights and LIDS.