In the first of a series of videos, journalist Ben Peterson describes the surprising optimism on the bustling streets of the DRC’s capital city.
Mr. Peterson is the co-founder and Executive Director of [Journalists for Human Rights (jhr)](http://www.jhr.ca), Canada's largest international media development organization with 40 chapters at high schools and post-secondary institutions, and sits on the Canadian Commission for UNESCO's youth advisory committee. Before establishing jhr, he worked in Ghana's Ministry of Justice, leading Ghana's efforts to write reports to the United Nations on various international human rights treaties. He has also worked for Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lloyd Axworthy, and in the office of David Bonior, former Democratic Whip in the United States House of Representatives. jhr's goal is to make everyone in the world fully aware of their rights. In Africa, jhr representatives have trained local journalists across 15 countries. Those journalists now reach 20 million people a week with human rights information. Peterson has been the recipient of *The Globe and Mail's* "Top 40 Under 40" award (2006), an Action Canada Fellowship (2003-2004), and the Queen's University Alumni Humanitarian Award (2007). He holds a Bachelor's in economics, an Honours Bachelor's in political studies, both from Queen's University, and an M.Sc in political theory from the London School of Economics.
Even when torture is tempting, our national values beg us to resist. Canada must now consider prosecuting those officials complicit in the torture of our citizens.