FAU Amnesty International Chapter to
Florida Statewide Conference
Conference Themes Include Genocide in Darfur and the Death Penalty
BOCA RATON, FL (April 5, 2007) – The Florida Atlantic University chapter of Amnesty International will host the annual Florida Amnesty International State Conference on Saturday, April 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the University Center’s Grand Palm Room, Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. “Ending the Genocide in Darfur” and “The Death Penalty” will be this year’s central themes. Workshops on topics such as Darfur, genocide, lesbian and gay rights, child labor laws and capital punishment also will be held.
Florida Death Row exonoree Freddie Pitts and Suzanne Bosler, a victim of a violent crime, from the Murder Victims Families for Human Rights and Journey of Hope organizations, will be the featured keynote speakers of “The Death Penalty” event. “Ending the Genocide in Darfur” will feature a panel of experts.
Pitts spent more than nine years on Florida’s Death Row for the 1963 murders of two gas station attendants that he and co-defendant Wilbert Lee were convicted of committing. Both Pitts and Lee were pardoned in 1975.
Bosler and her father, Rev. Billy Bosler, were attacked in a church parsonage by an intruder on December 22, 1986. Rev. Bosler was stabbed 24 times, and Suzanne, in an effort to help him, was stabbed in the back and head. Following her father’s death, Suzanne worked for more than 10 years to try and spare the life of his murderer, James Bernard Campbell, because her father had once told Suzanne he would not want his killer to receive the death penalty. She voiced her opposition to the death penalty throughout three trials and two sentencings, and was successful on June 13, 1996, when Campbell was sentenced to three consecutive life terms.
Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights and focus on a universal vision of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights’ standards. With 1.8 million members worldwide, the organization is located in more than 150 countries and territories.
For more information, contact Stacey Ray at 561-542-6455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.