Film - Documentary | February 20 | 12:50-2 p.m. | 105 Boalt Hall, School of Law
Félim Mcmahon, Technology and Human Rights Program Director, Human Rights Center, Berkeley Law; Rafif Jouejati, Free Syria Foundation; Nidal Betare, People Demand Change
Screening & Discussion with Rafif Jouejati and Nidal Betare
12:50 PM - 2:00 PM
Syrian Human Rights Activist Mansour Omari was imprisoned for nine months and tortured by the Assad Regime. Omari smuggled out scraps of clothes recording the names of all 82 of his cellmates, written in blood and rust. His story was documented in the film 82 Names. A portion of the film will be screened, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with Syrian activists Rafif Jouejati and Nidal Betare, moderated by the Human Rights Centers Félim McMahon.
82 Names is the story of Mansour Omari, a Syrian Human Rights Activist who was imprisoned for nine months and tortured by the Assad Regime. Omari smuggled out scraps of clothes recording the names of all 82 of his cellmates.
Maziar Bahari is an Iranian Canadian journalist and filmmaker. He was a reporter for Newsweek from 1998 to 2011. During the 2009 Iranian Election Protests he was arrested without charge, and detained for 118 days. Bahari wrote the memoir Then They Came for Me, which was published by Random House in June 2011. The book was made into a film by Jon Stewart called Rosewater in 2014.
Rafif Jouejati, Free Syria Foundation
Rafif Jouejati is the co-founder and Director of FREE-Syria. A management consultant by profession, she joined the Syrian revolution in 2011. She is involved with several organizations, such as the Local Coordination Committees in Syria (LCC), The Day After Project, and Baytna-Syria . Rafif is also active in the Syrian womens movement and advanced a charter demanding 50% representation of women in every aspect of Syrias governance. She upholds a commitment to womens equality as an integral part of human rights.
Nidal Betare, People Demand Change
Mr. Betare (Bitari), holds a Masters in Political Sociology, and worked as a program coordinator in Support of Iraqi refugees in Syria at the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and Danish Red Cross (DRC). Mr. Betare also worked as a freelance reporter with NPR and an interpreter to McClatchy in Lebanon, and has written widely in many Arabic journals such as alSafir, alHayat, and other websites. His last report on Syrian-Palestinian refugees was published in the Journal of Palestinian studies. Mr. Betare also worked as a program coordinator for the Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), focusing on increasing the capacity of Syrian civil society to defend human rights. Mr. Betare has also been asked to speak at numerous events discussing the plight of Syrian-Palestinians, including the Annual World Bank meeting in 2013, the UN Headquarters in New York City, Tokyo, Japan and at a variety of universities around the United States.
Félim Mcmahon is the Technology and Human Rights Program Director at the Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law and Director of its Human Rights Investigations Lab, which trains more than 100 graduate and undergraduate students from across campus each year in ways to use social media and other open source content for human rights advocacy and legal accountability. McMahon was previously a print journalist in Ireland and then part of a small team that established Storyful, the worlds first social media news agency, sourcing news for outlets such as Reuters to ABC, BBC, Al Jazeera English, and France24. After Storyfuls purchase in 2014, McMahon joined the International Criminal Court as an investigator, innovating around the mining and presentation of social media to strengthen prosecutions of grave international crimes, including war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity. McMahon has a masters degree from Dublin City University.