George Washington University Forum on Guantánamo, Immediately Following Critical Hearing at International Human Rights Body

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Date: March 12, 2013

Location:

George Washington University Law School
2000 H St. NW Jacob Burns Moot Court Room
Washington, DC, DC, 20052

Come to this timely forum on March 12 at noon to engage lawyers and advocates at the forefront of efforts to end human rights violations at Guantánamo and to close the notorious detention center. Join them immediately following their appearance at a critical thematic hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to address the unfolding humanitarian crisis at Guantánamo and the ongoing human rights violations committed there by the United States government. The IACHR hearing will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on March 12, and this forum will take place at 12:00 noon on the very same day.
 
WHAT: "11 Years & Counting: Why is the U.S. Internment Camp at Guantánamo still Open?"
WHEN: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: George Washington University Law School, Jacob Burns Moot Court Room
 
** Free & Open to the Public; Lunch Provided

Speakers:

* Omar Farah, Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
* Charles Abbott, Staff Attorney, Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL)
* Gerald Bierbaum, Federal Public Defender, Las Vegas
* 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 (INRC), CUNY  School of Law
* Fabiana Araujo
, Law Student Intern, Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic (INRC), CUNY  School of Law, represents Guantánamo prisoner
* Sarika Saxena
, Law Student Intern, Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic (INRC), CUNY  School of Law, represents Guantánamo prisoner
* Arturo Carillo (moderator), Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the International Human Rights Clinic, George Washington University Law School

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President Obama has not only broken his promise to rapidly close Guantánamo, but his administration has also extended some of the worst aspects of the Guantánamo system by continuing indefinite detentions without charge or trial, employing illegitimate military commissions to try some suspects, and blocking accountability for torture. As Guantánamo enters its second decade of existence, come join a discussion on why it remains open, and what lawyers and the broader public can do to help shut it down. What do experts on international and U.S. law, health, and public policy have to say about the grave effects and human costs of indefinite detention at Guantánamo? What must we do in the courtrooms and beyond to close this internment camp and secure some modicum of justice for the 166 men who remain trapped there?
 
A Q&A session  and discussion with the public will follow the panel.
 
 
* Co-sponsored by: Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), Center for Justice and International Law, George Washington International Human Rights Law Clinic, George Washington Human Rights Law Society, the George Washington Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies, Physicians for Human Rights