Practitioner in Residence Receives Human Rights Award
Rape Campaign by Burmese Army Targeted
Seattle--December 6, 2002-- Betsy Apple, a Practitioner-in-Residence at Seattle University School of Law and Director of the Women's Rights Project of EarthRights International, will receive a United Nations Association 2002 Human Rights Award on December 10 (International Human Rights Day) at 7 p.m., at the University Temple Methodist Church, 1415 43rd Street NE, Seattle.
Apple is the director and founder of the Women's Rights Project of EarthRights International, a non-profit with offices in Washington, DC, Seattle and in Thailand. Her advocacy on behalf of ethnic minority women and girls from Burma has helped to focus the world's attention on a pattern of systematic sexual violence by the ruling Burmese junta and its 400,000 soldiers.
In recent months she has traversed the globe investigating violations of the rights of women, and has briefed the State Department, Congress and United Nations on her findings. The State Department has joined EarthRights in calling for more international attention to rape and other sexual violence.
Apple's most recent EarthRights report is entitled "Burma's Soldiers: Equal Opportunity Rapists," and can be found at http://www.earthrights.org/news/soldierrape.html. In Spring 2003 she will be a Practitioner in Residence at the Seattle University School of Law, and will co-teach the school's International Human Rights Law Clinic, the first such clinic to be offered by a law school in the Pacific Northwest.
"We are happy to nominate such a selfless and dedicated person as Betsy," says Larry Dohrs of the Seattle Burma Roundtable. "Through years of hard work she has become a hero to many young women from Burma, and has tirelessly promoted respect for their basic human rights and dignity.
Betsy Apple is a tremendous role model for our students, said Ron Slye, Associate Professor of Law at Seattle University. She embodies the values of dedication, professionalism, and social justice that are the core of our educational mission, and has served as a mentor for many of our students who are interested in pursuing a career in women's rights, international human rights law, and public interest law generally. Her recognition by the United Nations Association is well-deserved.
Joan Lawson, President, United Nations Association, Seattle Chapter, (206) 568.1959
Larry Dohrs, Chair, Seattle Burma Roundtable, (206) 784.5742