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No Separate Justice Monthly Vigil: Hassan, GTMO, Torture

March 2, 2015
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Please join CCR Bertha Justice Fellow Omar Shakir and the No Separate Justice Campaign on March 2nd as we continue to build a growing voice of people of conscience and shine a light together to expose the human rights abuses happening across our country. Some of the topics to be discussed will include:

  • The oral arguments presented on January 13 in Hassan v. the City of New York, a federal case against the NYPD's targeting and surveillance of Muslim communities in New Jersey
  • Reflections on the Obama Administration's now six-year promise to close Guantanamo;
  • The US Torture Report and a historical overview of torture - on the federal, state, and city level - in the United States;
  • An update on the treatment and trials of British extradite Abu Hamza Al-Masri who has been held at MCC for the past three years and who has numerous physical ailments including no hands and waining eyesight.
  • Amnesty International's petition asking for UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, to be allowed access into US "supermax" prisons including state and federal facilities where people are held in pre-trial solitary confinement (like the MCC)

What: No Separate Justice (NSJ) vigil: Hassan, Guantanamo, Torture, MCC
When: Monday, March 2nd from 6-7PM (and every first Monday, weather permitting)
Where: Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in lower Manhattan, a federal prison where people accused of terrorism-related offenses have been held in solitary confinement for years, even before they have been tried.

Learn more at no-separate-justice.org, and follow the Campaign on Twitter and Facebook

Guantanamo After the SSCI Report on Torture

March 4, 2015
Join CCR Legal Director Baher Azmy, alongside other speakers, as they examine the impact of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI)  Report on Torture on the ongoing prosecutions and habeas proceedings in the military commission system at Guantanamo, and the debate about its necessary closure.

This panel follows an event with Brigadier General Mark Martins, the Chief Prosecutor of the Military Commissions, and with James Connell and Commander Walter B. Ruiz, Jr., Learned Counsel for 9/11 defendants in the military commission proceedings at Guantanamo.

When: Wednesday, March 4th at 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Where: NYC Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street (btwn 5th & 6th aves; closest train B/D/F/M to Bryant Park)
RSVP: Click here to register, RSVP required. Free and open to the public


  • Baher Azmy, Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Cliff Sloan, former Special Envoy for Guantanamo closure at the U.S. Department of State; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
  • James Connell III, criminal defense attorney who represents Ammar al Baluchi, one of the 9/11 defendants in the military commission proceedings at Guantanamo
  • Walter B. Ruiz, Jr., criminal defense attorney who represents Mustafa Al Hawsawi, one of the 9/11 defendants in the military commission proceedings at Guantanamo
  • Moderated by Karen Greenberg, Director, Center on National Security, Fordham Law School

For more information on CCR's work around the SSCI Torture Report, visit our resource page.

Storytelling Guantánamo: “Waiting for Fahd” with CUNY Law and CLEAR

March 10, 2015
Tucked amid the jagged mountain ranges of Yemen resides the sleepy town of Bayt Ghazy. Home to an idyllic agrarian community, it also provides the backdrop for the heartrending documentary “Waiting for Fahd,” which tells the story of Fahd Ghazy, a Yemeni national unlawfully detained at Guantánamo since he was 17. Fahd is now 30.

Through moving interviews with his beloved family, “Waiting for Fahd” paints a vivid portrait of the life that awaits a man who, despite being twice cleared for release, continues to languish at Guantánamo, denied his home, his livelihood, and his loved ones because of his nationality.

The Center for Constitutional Rights is honored to invite you to a screening of “Waiting for Fahd,” a rarely heard story of Guantánamo prison and one man’s dream deferred. Please check back on this page for further details.

Co-sponsored by CUNY Law Review and CUNY CLEAR Clinic