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Artist Depicts Grim Reality of Uzbek Jails to promote human rights

The art of Sergei Ignatyev

NBCentralAsia: How do you come up with the unusual images in your paintings?
Ignatyev: One letter from an inmate describes a superintendent calling prisoners “walking meat”. A former political prisoner described how j…

The woman who digs into secret archives in the name of human rights


Kate Doyle swearing-in during the trial against former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori.
Surrounded by tall black filing cabinets and a large color map of Guatemala, Kate Doyle’s desk in her New York office looks …

Background: Indian Hunting on the Putumayo

Tens of thousands of indigenous Huitoto Indians were slaughtered at the hands of the Peruvian Amazon Rubber Company in its quest for black gold. Managed at the city of Iquitos by Julio Arana, many of the company’s key investors were English. The atrocities were eventually brought to light by the Irishmen Roger Casement, who had

Novel Excerpt: Indian Hunting on the Putumayo

This story is an excerpt from my forthcoming novel Everyone Comes from Belterra: When America Owned the Amazon, slated to be published by Pear Tree Press in July 2008. The story originates from my background research for the novel, when I encountered the horrific human rights violations committed on the Putumayo river in the early