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Health Professionals Against Torture and 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.
(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.)
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.
For more information about the event please contact William Butkus, Amnesty International Field Organizer email@example.com or 415-288-1800.
How I fought to survive Guantánamo – Omar Deghayes
Event notice (San Francisco): Screening of “The Response” with Speakers Jess Ghannam and Kathy Roberts
- Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2010
- Time: 6:00PM -8:00PM
- Location: Amnesty International, 350 Sansome St, #210, San Francisco, CA
The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (June 26), enacted by the United Nations, is a day to observe what is being done and what still needs to be done to help survivors rebuild their lives and to end torture. Join Survivors International (http://www.survivorsintl.org), Amnesty International (http://www.amnesty.org), Health Professionals Against Torture (http://www.hpatcoalition.org), and the Center for Justice & Accountability (http://cja.org) for a film screening! Refreshments will be provided!
The Response is a courtroom drama based on the actual transcripts of the Guantanamo Bay military tribunals. Read more about the film here: http://www.theresponsemovie.com
We are also pleased to welcome Dr. Jess Ghannam and Attorney Kathy Roberts as our speakers.
Dr. Jess Ghannam is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco and is also Adjunct Professor of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. Additionally, he has been working with the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center on a project evaluating the post-release health effects of detention in Guantanamo.
Kathy Roberts is a staff attorney at the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) in San Francisco, where she investigates and litigates impact cases on behalf of survivors of torture and other severe human rights abuses. Her recent work includes investigating the role of health professionals, and specifically of psychologists, in the torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of detainees in U.S. custody, and collaboration on the website “Do No Harm? Intelligence Ethics, Health Professionals, and the Torture Debate” (http://www.law.berkeley.edu/8307.htm), recently launched by the University of California Berkeley International Human Rights Clinic.