Guantanamo Bay prison is a product of the War on Terror, launched in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. In this context, the prison has housed an exclusively Muslim male population – most of whom were innocent of any crimes. Fifteen years later, and with 41 prisoners remaining of 779 who were detained there, the future of the prison remains in limbo.
Coming at the conclusion of Witness Against Torture’s #ForeverHumanBeings & #41MenAtGitmo‘s campaign, this panel will include prisoner attorneys and advocates to share their stories – as well as to revive the conversation on what is at stake in operating Guantanamo Bay, including the rule of law, the securing of real justice and the destruction of numerous Muslim male lives. The panel will also address Guantanamo Bay prison from the Cuban angle to better understantd and unite efforts around calling for the closure of the prison. In addition to the panel, the event will also feature poetry readings from former Guantanamo prisoners and artwork by Khalid Qasim, a Yemeni citizen who has been detained without charge for over 15 years now. Please RSVP.
Moderated by Dr. Maha Hilal, IPS Michael Ratner Middle East Fellow, and Witness Against Torture steering committee member.
Co-sponsors: Institute for Policy Studies, Witness Against Torture, Center for Constitutional Rights, Defending Rights and Dissent, Washington Peace Center, DC Justice for Muslims Coalition, and DC chapter of the National Lawyer’s Guild.