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Irwin Cotler

Chair of Raoul Wallenberg Human Rights Centre, Former Minister of Justice/Attorney General of Canada

Irwin Cotler is Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, Emeritus Professor of Law at McGill University, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and longtime Parliamentarian.

An international human rights lawyer, Professor Cotler has served as Counsel to prisoners of conscience including Andrei Sakharov & Nathan Sharansky (former Soviet Union), Nelson Mandela (South Africa), Jacobo Timmerman (Latin America), Prof. Saad Eddin Ibrahim (Egypt) and he was Chair of the International Commission of Inquiry into the Fate and Whereabouts of Raoul Wallenberg. He is a Member of the International Legal Team of Chinese Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo, and serves as international legal counsel to imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, imprisoned Venezuelan democratic opposition leader Leopoldo López, and imprisoned Baha'i leadership in Iran. A feature article on him in Canada’s national magazine – Maclean’s – referred to him as “Counsel for the Oppressed”, while the Oslo Freedom Forum characterized him as “Freedom’s Counsel.”
When Calls Cloud the alamy

When Calls Cloud the Issues

While there is a certain societal fascination with the scandalous and salacious -- particularly in politics -- we cannot let it overshadow the real issues and their merits. Indeed, this is why the false calls to my constituents are so particularly disturbing -- they have nothing to do with my record or stance on the issues.
11/29/2011 10:20 EST