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Amnesty International Speaker to Address Conflict, Human Rights Violations in the Congo

Sasha Lezhnev, executive director of Grassroots Reconciliation Group, will address conflict in the Congo, human rights violations there and the responses/nonresponses of the international community at a lecture sponsored by Duquesne University’s chapter of Amnesty International.Lezhnev is a consultant to the nongovernmental campaign, led by the Enough Project, to help stop the trade in conflict minerals (resources exploited and sold by insurgent groups or governments to finance war and human rights violations) originating from eastern Congo. He is a former policy advisor at Global Witness, where he led that organization’s U.S. advocacy on conflict resources and energy policy issues.

In addition, Lezhnev spent more than two years in Uganda serving as senior program officer with the Northern Uganda Peace Initiative and as a peace process advisor to the northern Uganda mediator. He has also worked with International Crisis Group’s Africa Program and the U.S. Institute of Peace. Lezhnev is the author of Crafting Peace: Strategies to Deal With Warlords in Collapsing States.

The event is free and open to the public.

When: Wednesday, March 31, at 7 p.m.

Where: Fourth Floor Ballroom, Duquesne Union, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh.

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