CLOSING GUANTANAMO: WHAT WILL IT TAKE?
Tuesday, April 21, 6.30 – 8 P.M.
Woolworth Building, 15 Barclay St., Room 430
It has been nearly 13 years since the first prisoners arrived at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center. During this time, over 780 detainees have been held there. 122 of these prisoners remain despite President Obama’s 2009 executive order calling for the closure of the prison within one year. The prison has been greatly criticized on many grounds including fair trial issues and prolonged indefinite detention.
Join CGA Clinical Associate Professor Jennifer Trahan and a panel of experts as they discuss where the efforts to close the prison are today, and what the next steps must be. The panelists will discuss the impact of the prison on the United States’ global reputation and foreign policy efforts, how transnational security concerns affect the debate, realities of recidivism rates for those prisoners who have already been released, and what is hindering the prison’s closing.
William K. Lietzau, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Rule of Law and Detainee Policy
Sarah Cleveland, Professor, Columbia Law School; former Counselor on International Law to the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State
Kenneth Roth, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch
Mary Beth Altier, Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor, Center for Global Affairs
Co-sponsored by The Human Rights and International Law League (THRILL) and the Transnational Security Committee (TSC)