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November 9, 2015: U.S. Counterterrorism Policy and the Undermining of Human Rights

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November 9, 2015: U.S. Counterterrorism Policy and the Undermining of Human Rights

 U.S. Counterterrorism Policy & the Undermining of Human Rights

 

GUEST SPEAKERS: JONATHAN HOROWITZ, AVRAM LUDWIG, LARRY SIEMS

 

MODERATED BY DANIELLE A. ZACH

 

Monday, November 9, 2015

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm   

CCNY Center for Worker Education, 25 Broadway, 7th floor

Contact: Dee Dee Mozeleski, Danielle Zach, or www.humanrightsccny.org

 

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In the wake of September 11, Americans were offered a false choice between the safeguarding of individual rights and national security. Since then, as the US government opted in favor of the latter, hundreds of individuals have been imprisoned for years, held in legal limbo, denied due process, and subjected to torture in Guantánamo Bay detention center (Gitmo), in secret CIA facilities around the world, and in the prisons of foreign countries known to commit abuses. This panel examines the legal and ethical implications of Gitmo and other counter terror practices, their long-term legacy, and how and why securing human rights is not only a moral imperative, but also indispensable to national and international peace and security.     

 

JONATHAN HOROWITZ, LEGAL OFFICER, OPEN SOCIETY JUSTICE INITIATIVE 


horowitz  Horowitz focuses on issues of human rights, national security and counterterrorism, and the law of armed conflict. Prior to joining the Justice Initiative, he worked at the US Embassy in Kabul where he advised the embassy on detention policies. As the research director at One World Research, he also managed a team of investigators who documented human rights abuses in Pakistan, provided factual research for asylum lawyers, and was an investigator for habeas lawyers representing Afghan nationals detained at the US detention facility in Guantánamo Bay. Horowitz has also worked as a Sudan/Chad analyst at the International Criminal Court and as a consultant for Human Rights Watch. From 2005 to 2007, he was a UN human rights officer in Sudan.

 

AVRAM LUDWIG, PRODUCER, RECKONING WITH TORTURE

 


Ludwig Noted for his collaborations with directors Doug Liman and Amos Kollek, Avram Ludwig’s most notable productions have included: Swingers and Fair Game. He is developing Attica, Attica! with Liman about the famed prison insurrection in Upstate New York in 1971 and recently directed the successful political commercial, “America the Beautiful,” against the Ryan Plan to privatize Medicare, depicting Paul Ryan throwing Grandma off the cliff. Ludwig’s debut novel, Shooting the Sphinx, which is about making movies in Egypt on the eve of revolution, comes out in June 2016.

 

LARRY SIEMS, EDITOR, GUANTÁNAMO DIARY


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 Siems has balanced writing and activism, publishing scores of articles on human rights and cross-cultural themes and serving for many years as director of Freedom to Write Programs for the writers advocacy organization PEN, first at PEN USA in Los Angeles and then at PEN American Center in New York. His work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and Slate. He  has published three books, most recently Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantánamo Diary.

 

DANIELLE A. ZACH, ACTING DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RIGHTS STUDIES AND POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW, THE CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK, CUNY


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 Zach is the Frances S. Patai Postdoctoral Fellow in Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies at The City College’s Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the Center for Worker Education (CWE). She is also Senior Editorial Associate and Research Fellow at The CUNY Graduate Center’s Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, and Visiting Scholar of Irish Studies at New York University. Her research interests include civil wars and violence, social movements, immigration, and transnationalism, and human rights, global governance, and international organization.