Member of British Parliament Ann Clwyd to Speak on Human Rights
in Iraq at Wellesley College Nov. 15

For immediate release:
Nov. 2, 2006
Arlie Corday

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Ann Clwyd, a member of the British Parliament and the prime minister’s special envoy for human rights in Iraq, will present the Carolyn A. Wilson Lecture, “‘Bring Back Saddam?’ Human Rights in Iraq and Beyond,” Wednesday, November 15, at 8 pm in Houghton Chapel on the Wellesley College campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. You can listen or download the lecture here.

Clwyd, the head of the Parliamentary Labour Party, has supported the war in Iraq on humanitarian grounds. She is co-president of the British aid organization, Labour Friends of Iraq. As a Member of Parliament or MP, Clwyd said, “Some of the campaigns I have been particularly active in pursuing are speeding up the miners’ compensation scheme, regulating cosmetic surgery, opposing the Ilisu Dam scheme in Turkey, and bringing Iraqi war criminals to justice.” A former journalist and teacher, Clwyd is the MP for Cynon Valley, a former mining area of Wales.

“Ann Clwyd is a woman of deep moral principle and conscience who has the courage to take a stand and bring political will to the cause and service of those in need,” said Thomas Cushman, professor of sociology at Wellesley and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Human Rights, an international quarterly journal. “She is a liberal statesperson in a political age where indifference, realism and cynicism reign. She has devoted herself to human rights causes in the United Kingdom and abroad and has stood in solidarity with the progressive democratic forces in Iraq, especially the advocates of women’s rights and the labor movement, throughout the difficult times before and after the war.”

Wellesley’s Wilson Lecture is named for an alumna from the Class of 1910. A pioneering reporter for the Chicago Tribune, Carolyn Wilson was one of the few women to cover the battlefronts of World War I. Years later she endowed the lectureship with the goal of engaging Wellesley students in the most significant issues of the day and to provide opportunities to learn firsthand about these events from leading scholars and activists. For more information, call 781-283-2142 or e-mail

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