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Raha Wala
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As an Advocacy Counsel in the Law and Security Program, Raha advocates for U.S. counterterrorism and national security policies that are consistent with human rights norms.
Raha graduated with honors from Georgetown University Law School, where he served as managing editor of the Georgetown Journal of International Law, co-president of Georgetown Law’s Amnesty International chapter, and student co-director of the Iraqi Refugee Resettlement Fact-Finding Project. While at Georgetown Law, Raha undertook internships at Human Rights First, the Open Society Policy Center, the Human Rights Law Foundation, and the Institute for International Law and Human Rights. Raha is the recipient of the Bettina E. Pruckmayr Award in International Human Rights and the author of From Guantánamo to Nuremberg and Back: An Analysis of Conspiracy to Commit War Crimes Under International Humanitarian Law.
Raha received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law School (2010) and his B.B.A. in Finance and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2005).

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What Grand Theft Auto 5 Can Teach Us About Torture

(12) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 4:19 PM

Before I became a human rights advocate, I played a lot of Grand Theft Auto. I probably shot thousands of virtual civilians before my 18th birthday. Late at night, with my high school buddy, in his parents' basement, I committed digital murder, stole cars, and trafficked drugs -- all in...

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If You're Not Going to Prosecute Those Involved in Torture, Can You at Least Not Promote Them Please?

(14) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 11:06 AM

When President Obama took office, one of his first official acts was to sign an executive order banning the Bush Administration's torture techniques and the CIA black sites where they were used. That was a major victory for human rights and American values, and is an important part...

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