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I want to thank Guido Calibresi, Jacki Hamilton, Jacob Scherr, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science for inviting me to Yale today, and I want to thank all of you for coming.

As an international human rights attorney, I have focused my efforts on individuals who, in their pursuit of human rights, have stood up to government oppression at great personal risk. Many of these individuals have been imprisoned, tortured, or killed for their political beliefs. Untold numbers of journalists have been silenced, lawyers jailed, scientists stifled, and trade unionists crushed. What all of these brave individuals have in common is their commitment to justice, non-violence, and the rule of law.

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