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Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Padilha Vidal A Room,
1889 F St., NW
Washington, DC, 20006
* Omar Farah, Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
* Viviana Krsicevic, Executive Director, Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL)
* Kristine Huskey, Director of the Anti-Torture Program, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR)
* Ramzi Kassem, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic, CUNY School of Law; attorney for men detained at Guantánamo
The IACHR has repeatedly called for the closure of the Guantánamo Bay detention center, and has requested permission to meet with the men detained there. The U.S. government has failed to allow this international human rights body permission to visit the men it detains at Guantánamo, and the IACHR is holding this hearing in the midst of the unfolding humanitarian crisis there to learn about current conditions at the prison from international experts in the fields of law, health, and international policy, including lawyers who represent men still detained. These experts will explore a range of issues, including the psychological impact of indefinite detention, the deaths of men at Guantánamo, the lack of access to fair trials, and illegitimate U.S. policies that restrict the closure of the prison.
The IACHR has also invited U.S. government officials to speak at this hearing about Guantánamo.
The Center for Constitutional Rights has led the legal battle over Guantánamo for the last 11 years – representing clients in two Supreme Court cases and organizing and coordinating hundreds of pro bono lawyers across the country, ensuring that nearly all the men detained at Guantánamo have had the option of legal representation. Among other Guantánamo cases, the Center represents the families of men who died at Guantánamo, and men who have been released and are seeking justice in international courts. In addition, CCR has been working through diplomatic channels to resettle men who remain at Guantánamo because they cannot return to their country of origin for fear of persecution and torture.