School of Law files petition to end human rights abuses

In a petition filed on behalf of Jason Puracal, Seattle University School of Law's International Human Rights Clinic demands an end to ongoing abuses by the Government of Nicaragua and redress for the many violations suffered by Puracal and his family.

Jason Puracal, left, his sister Janis '07, and Professor Tom Antkowiak presented the petition to the  Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, D.C., this morning, the one-year anniversary of Puracal's return home.  Puracal, a U.S. citizen from Seattle, was illegally detained by Nicaragua in November 2010 and languished for nearly two years in the infamous La Modelo prison. Puracal was released only after his family launched an international campaign to save his life.

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