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Saved from Life in a Nicaraguan Prison - Eric Volz

Complete video at: Eric Volz discusses the strategy behind setting up an anonymous contact form on his website after being wrongfully imprisoned in Nicaragua for murder. He describes the helpful communications received, particularly one advising him to investigate his role in the SAM-7 missile negotiations between Nicaragua and the U.S. ----- Recent innovations in science and technology have provided human rights advocates, journalists, and scientists with new tools to expose war crimes and other serious violations of human rights and to disseminate this information in real time throughout the world. The Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley is pleased to showcase these recent developments and push new frontiers of applied research. - UC-Berkeley Human Rights Center Eric Volz is an American who was falsely accused and ultimately convicted to a 30 year sentence for rape and murder in Nicaragua in Nov 2006. From, a website created in his mothers living room, a phenomenal world-wide movement emerged that brought together the international community in support of human rights by leveraging the social networking tools of the web to create solidarity and fight for justice. The growth of this community not only sustained Volz in jail but eventually caught the attention of international headlines, pressuring the highest levels of both the US and Nicaraguan governments to resolve the matter and bringing about his release from prison in late December 2007. Volz is now working to launch a SOS Strategy Center designed to assist primarily (but not limited to) citizens of the United States and Puerto Rico who find themselves in trouble abroad. Specific to the work of the SOS Strategy Center are cases that have political undertones, which complicate the ability to secure a fair trial and due process.
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