CLORE Co-hosts Panel on Disappearance of Civil Liberties and Human Rights in Puerto Rico

December 4, 2012 | CUNY School of Law

On Thursday, November 29, 2012, the Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality (CLORE), along with the Puerto Rican Bar Association and the National Lawyers Guild International Committee, assembled a panel to discuss recent attempts by the Puerto Rican legislature to eliminate civil liberties and human rights.

The panel, “Puerto Rico’s Constitutional Crisis: The Disappearance of Civil Liberties and Human Rights,” discussed recent attempts to eliminate the constitutional right to bail, criminalize abortion, limit the right to peaceable assembly in the legislature, and on-going lawsuits against the Puerto Rican Police Department for excessive violence and corruption. The panel included:

  • Osvaldo Burgos Pérez, President of the Constitutional and Human Rights Commission, Colegio de Abogados de Puerto Rico
  • Jennifer Turner, Human Rights Researcher, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Prof. Jenny Rivera (Moderator), Professor at CUNY Law and CLORE Director
Natasha Bannan ('11) of the National Lawyers Guild, Osvaldo Burgos Pérez, Jennifer Turner, Prof. Jenny Rivera, Neysa Alsina of the PRBA, and Elena Goldberg Velazquez ('06), president of the PRBA

Natasha Bannan ('11) of the National Lawyers Guild, Osvaldo Burgos Pérez, Jennifer Turner, Prof. Jenny Rivera, Neysa Alsina of the PRBA, and Elena Goldberg Velazquez ('06), president of the PRBA

Pérez and Turner

Pérez and Turner

Resources:

U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division Report: Investigation of the Puerto Rico Police Department

ACLU Report on police brutality in Puerto Rico: Island of Impunity: Puerto Rico’s Outlaw Police Force