Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Forum on Torture, Guantanamo & Accountability-in Chicago

For those of you who can't be bother listending to Obama tonight come and hear:
Prof. M. Cherif Bassiouni, President Emeritus of the International Human Rights Law Institute, UN human rights expert in Afghanistan, & author of "The Institutionalization of Torture by the Bush Administration" (2010), refute George Bush’s claim in his memoir that the torture committed with his approval was legal because his lawyers told him so;
(me) H. Candace Gorman, attorney for a Guantanamo prisoner, describe the torture detainees there endure and the ongoing imprisonment of 173 men at Guantanamo, despite President Obama’s pledge to close it;
and, Debra Sweet, national director of World Can’t Wait, describe actions this month to close Guantanamo and issue a challenge to be part of resisting the crimes being done by the U.S. government in our name.
The discussion will be moderated by Ben Meyer, member of Amnesty International and the National Lawyers Guild.

This event is co-sponsored by World Can't Wait, Amnesty International, and the DePaul College of Law Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild

6:00 pm * Tuesday * January 25

DePaul University College of Law
Rm 341, Lewis Center
25 E. Jackson Blvd, Chicago

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INVITE: Amnesty International Panel Discussion With Former Guantanamo Detainee – Wed, Jan 26th 7:30-9:00pm at UC Berkeley

Amnesty International USA would like to invite you to attend an exceptional panel discussion on Torture and Guantánamo Bay. In recognition of the two years that have passed since the Presidential Order to close Guantánamo, the goal of this event is to bring attention to the human rights violations that have occurred at Guantánamo Bay and to discuss its intended closure.

This expert speakers' panel will feature Omar Deghayes, a former Guantánamo detainee who has never been charged or convicted by any authority, who will participate via video conference from Brighton, England; Attorney Candace Gorman, whose Civil and Constitutional Rights work has included representing two Guantánamo detainees; and Professor Almerindo Ojeda from the UC Davis Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas http://humanrights.ucdavis.edu, which hosts the Guantánamo Testimonials Project. There will be a short Q&A session after the panel discussion. Please see links to articles below about Omar Deghayes and Candace Gorman.

The event will be held at the University of California Berkeley on Wednesday, January 26th from 7:30pm – 9:00pm at 2050 Valley Life Sciences Building.

The event is co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center, Health Professionals Against Torture, Survivors International, United Nations Association USA East Bay Chapter, Boalt Hall International Human Rights Clinic, Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights, Amnesty International UC Berkeley Student Chapter and the Boalt Alliance Against Torture. The event is free and open to the public.

(Exciting news: Because of many requests from our supporters the event will also be a live webcast at www.livestream.com/amnestywest Please spread the word that now anyone can view the event live online. We will also film the event and put it on YouTube.)


How I fought to survive Guantánamo - Omar Deghayes

Why I am Representing a "Detainee" at Guantanamo - Candace Gorman