Eric Stover

Eric Stover Shares His Passion for Human Rights Work

Berkeleyan, September 10, 2009 by Barry Bergman

It wasn’t until 1996, in Srebrenica, that he fully realized the devastation felt by people who are unable to identify their lost or “disappeared” family members. “That was a deep learning moment for me,” he recalls. “The court was supposed to be working for these victims. But the thing family members want most is identification of these bodies. More than justice, they want proper burial.”

Eric Stover and Laurel Fletcher Publish Guantanamo Book, a Resource for Scholars

The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 10, 2009 by Jennifer Howard

That book, The Guantánamo Effect: Exposing the Consequences of U.S. Detention and Interrogation Practices, by Laurel E. Fletcher and Eric Stover, draws on a two-year study of more than 60 former Guantánamo detainees, and includes some interviews with lawyers and other personnel involved in those cases. Ms. Fletcher, a professor of law at Berkeley, directs the International Human Rights Law Clinic there; Mr. Stover, an adjunct professor of law and public health, is faculty director of Berkeley’s Center for Human Rights.

Eric Stover Calls for Independent Commission to Investigate Detainee Abuse, April 22, 2009 by Dan Froomkin

Stover sees the overarching goal of such a commission as being “to find out what should be our national security response to a dangerous enemy that fights in unconventional ways.” But what that requires, he says, is a meticulous examination of what we’ve done so far, the rationales, and the results.

Laurel Fletcher and Eric Stover Oppose Guantanamo Bay Tribunals

Los Angeles Times, January 12, 2009 by Carol J. Williams,0,5144124,full.story

“We need to bring this to closure, and that needs to be done accountably and done swiftly,” said Fletcher, director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic at Berkeley. “Guantanamo has been devastating for the United States’ image in the world and for the rule of law.”

Laurel Fletcher and Eric Stover Demand Investigation of U.S. Detention Policies

International Herald Tribune, Nov. 21, 2008 by Laurel Fletcher and Eric Stover

The commission should determine what went wrong and who should be held accountable, and recommend ways to help those falsely imprisoned clear their names and recover from the abuses they have suffered…. Commission members should be armed with subpoena power, given full access to classified material and be able to conduct their work unhindered by presidential pardons or amnesties designed to shield the culpable from accountability.

Eric Stover Calls for Guantanamo Investigation

-San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 17, 2008 by Bob Egelko

“We cannot sweep this dark chapter in our nation’s history under the rug by simply closing the Guantánamo prison camp,” said Eric Stover, director of UC Berkeley’s Human Rights Center. “The new administration must investigate what went wrong and who should be held accountable.”

-Middle East Times, Nov. 18, 2008 by Cesar Chelala

Eric Stover, a co-author of the “Guantánamo and Its Aftermath” report, stated, “Guantánamo, like Abu Ghraib, has become a stain on the reputation of the U.S.”