Close Guantanamo! NYC Forum

May 4, 2012

Close Guantanamo! NYC Forum

Panel discussion with a former Guantanamo military prosecutor, Guantanamo defense lawyer, and journalist to learn about what is happening in our names at the US detention facilities at Guantanamo in Cuba and Bagram in Afghanistan. People like former UK resident Shaker Aamer have been held without charge or trial for years, denied the basic human rights to due process and a fair trial. And the recent passage of the National Defense Authorization Act has further enshrined indefinite detention and unfair Guantanamo military commissions in US law. Aamer himself has been held for over 10 years, despite the UK government's repeated request that he be released to his wife and children in London. The denial of fundamental human rights to some undermines the rights of us all. We'll talk about what we citizens can do to help ensure that all detainees are either charged and fairly tried, or released--and that the US government changes course from human rights violations in the name of national security to security with human rights.

Panelists
Colonel Morris Davis, former Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo
Ramzi Kassem, lawyer for Shaker Aamer
Andy Worthington, journalist and author of The Guantanamo Files
Thenjiwe McHarris, Amnesty International USA, moderator


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Sponsored by Amnesty International NYC Local Group 280, Amnesty International New School Group & Witness Against Torture