The US Experience: Exceeding Legal Boundaries in Countering Terrorism

Podiumsdiskussion

26.01.2017, 00:00 Uhr

with:
Mourad Benchellali
French Guantánamo survivor
Nizar Sassi
French Guantánamo survivor
Lawrence Wilkerson
Former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell
Alberto Mora
Former General Counsel of the US Navy
Janis Karpinski
Former Commander of the US Military Police in Iraq that operated in Abu Ghraib and other detention facilities
Mark Fallon
Former US counterterrorism investigator, USS Cole attack
and others
 
and others (see full program below, also in French)
 
Waterboarding, sleep deprivation, electric shocks. Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib, Bagram and secret prisons in Eastern Europe. These crimes and sites stand for the so-called "enhanced interrogation" program which the US established post the 9/11 attacks and which was approved by the highest levels of the Bush-Administration. In using these interrogation techniques, US officials committed torture in a number of oversea detention facilities. Although President Obama stopped the program, no prosecution and accountability of high level officials happened in the US. Now with the incoming Donald Trump presidency, there is the real danger that torture may return.
 
In France, for the first time worldwide a summon was issued against former Guantanamo Bay Detention Center Commander Geoffrey Miller to appear before the investigating judge in the Paris district court in March 2016. Further investigative steppes in the on-going investigation of torture of French citizens have been requested by William Bourdon, the acting lawyer in this case. The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) from New York support the proceedings.
 
Supported by the Bertha Foundation and Stiftung Menschenrechte now ECCHR and CCR, together with FIDH and LDH bring some of the most important and outspoken critics of the US torture program to Paris.

Den Haag

Fighting double standards before the ICC: Torture by UK forces in Iraq

Podiumsdiskussion

01.10.2019, 18:30 Uhr

The Hague Humanity Hub
Fluwelen Burgwal 58, 2511 CJ Den Haag, Niederlande

Hundreds of Iraqis who were detained by UK forces during the Iraq war have described abuse and torture. Their testimonies show a pattern of violent beatings, sleep deprivation, lack of food,...

Berlin

Tödlicher Dammbruch in Brasilien: Welche Verantwortung tragen deutsche Unternehmen?

Podiumsdiskussion

22.10.2019, 19:00 Uhr

Tagungswerk
Lindenstraße 85, 10969 Berlin

Der Dammbruch einer Eisenerzmine im brasilianischen Brumadinho im Januar 2019 tötete mehr als 270 Menschen. Der giftige Minenschlamm verseuchte große Teile des Flusses Paraopeba und damit das...

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