Santiago de Chile -The first ever conference dedicated to addressing the issue of wrongful conviction in Latin America took place this last weekend in Santiago de Chile. There were representatives from all over the Americas. My colleagues and I had the honor of presenting on lessons learned from The David House Agency's work on international shows trial and the critical role media and communications plays in obtainging relief. Check out the new site below.
Washington, DC (May 30, 2012) – The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has ruled that the Government of Nicaragua’s detention of Jason Puracal is in violation of international law and he should be released immediately. Puracal, an American citizen from the Seattle/Tacoma area, has been illegally detained since November 2010 in Nicaragua's infamous La Modelo prison. Under Opinion No. 10/2012 – which was issued by renowned experts from Chile, Norway, Pakistan, Senegal, Ukraine – the United Nations urged immediate action. Puracal’s appeal hearing has been delayed for nine months and remains unscheduled.
There are more than 3,000 U.S. citizens detained worldwide for various alleged and actual offenses. Puracal is the only American currently being detained even though there is an independent finding that the detention is unlawful.
Opinion No. 10/2012 is available here: http://freejason.squarespace.com/storage/UNWGAD%20Opinion%20No.%2010-2012%20ENG.pdf
Wrongful conviction exonerees from five different countries shared thier stories on stage at the International Innocence Network conference. There has never been a photograph quite like this.
Left to right: José Antonio Zuñiga (México), Eric Volz (Nicaragua), Toshikazu Sugaya (Japan), Ron Dalton (Canada), Gerard Patrick Conlon (Ireland) & Sarah Shourd (Iran)