From: Annette Warren Dickerson
Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2010 17:38:58 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Sept. 2 (7pm): Yemeni Activists & CCR Attorney Address Human
Rights Violations & "War on Terror"
Dear CCR supporter,
On September 2, 2010, at 7 pm, please join us at the Brecht Forum in
New York City for *Confronting State Violence, Targeted Killing, and
Human Rights Abuse in the U.S.-Yemen partnership to fight the "War on
Terror," a public discussion featuring renowned Yemeni activists and a
CCR human rights attorney*. (The Brecht Forum is located on 451 West
Street between Bank and Bethune Streets. For directions, please GO here - Forward as:
The U.S. government describes Yemen as "an important partner in the
global war on terrorism" while at the same time characterizing it as
an Al-Qaida stronghold. The Yemeni government has taken advantage of
the U.S. partnership and increasing military aid to justify its
domestic "anti-terror campaigns" which have resulted in egregious
human rights violations, including mass arrests, illegal abductions,
enforced disappearances, torture, and killings. The victims of this
violence are not only alleged militants and their families, but Yemeni
dissidents and journalists critical of their government. The "war on
terror" has served as a cover for the Yemeni state to increase
repression and militarization in response to its own internal
political crises -- all with the tacit approval of the international
Visiting Yemeni human rights activists will discuss what they are
doing to resist this mounting repression and to create a meaningfully
democratic and peaceful future. Learn about the political climate in
Yemen, and together think through what ethical solidarity with Yemeni
people might look like. Also hear from a CCR lawyer who is trying to
stop a "targeted killing" by the United States in Yemen and who
represents men detained at Guantánamo -- where Yemeni men constitute
the largest group of remaining prisoners, all declared by the Obama
administration to be indefinitely detainable without charge based
solely on their nationality.
Developing an understanding of this political reality is crucial to
ending the U.S. government's complicity in more human rights abuses,
and to stopping the creation of a boundless war without end that
threatens our collective safety.
Annette Warren Dickerson
Director of the Education and Outreach Department
"List of Panelists:"
* *Tawakkol Karman* is chairwoman of the Yemeni non-government
organization Women Journalists Without Chains [
http://www.womenpress.net/index.php?lng=english ], which campaigns for
freedom of the press in Yemen and against human rights violations. She
is a very prominent young activist, and Reporters Without Borders
chose her in 2009 as one of the top seven women who have led change in
the world. Karman is among the activists who in 2007 launched the
"Phase of Protests and Sit-ins" in Yemen, holding regular sit-ins in
the capital's Freedom Square to demand democratic reforms and an end
to human rights violations -- including the harassment and
imprisonment of journalists and dissidents, closure of critical
newspapers, and censorship of news articles. She is one of only 13
women on the legislative Shura Council of the Yemeni Congregation for
Reform (Islah), the leading opposition party. Her outspoken
condemnation of the government's human rights abuses has inspired
scores of other women activists to similarly resist injustice. Karman
has helped write numerous reports on freedom of expression,
corruption, extremism, and violent repression of dissidents in Yemen,
and has called for political reform and dialogue.
* *Ezz-Adeen Saeed Ahmed Al-Asbahi* is the president of Human Rights
Information & Training Center (HRITC), a non-governmental organization
which seeks to enhance human rights in Yemen and the Arab World,
focusing on the Gulf States in particular. HRITC has consultative
status with the United Nations, offers training courses and forums on
human rights, publishes a quarterly human rights magazine called "Our
Rights", and has published 30 books on law and human rights. Al-Asbahi
is also the coordinator of a large regional network of human rights
activists in the Gulf States and the Peninsula, and the president of a
Yemeni network of human rights organizations which includes six Yemeni
NGOs. A journalist and researcher, he has published eight books on
literature and human rights. He is also the head of the civil society
sector of the Supreme National Authority to Combat Corruption.
* *Pardiss Kebriaei *is a staff attorney at the Center for
Constitutional Rights [ http://www.ccrjustice.org/ ] (CCR) in New York
City. She joined the Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative at CCR in
July 2007, and provides direct representation to several of CCR's
clients at Guantánamo. She is also working on a lawsuit to challenge a
U.S. government kill-list and the targeting of a U.S. citizen now in
Yemen and far from any armed conflict with the United States.
* *Leili Kashani* (moderator and discussant): is the Education and
Outreach Associate for the Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative at the
Center for Constitutional Rights [ http://www.ccrjustice.org/ ] (CCR)
in New York City. She advocates for a just closure of the prison at
Guantánamo, resettlement for the men still detained, and against
illegal detentions more broadly. She has written about and advocated
against the Obama administration's policy of indefinitely detaining
all the Yemeni men who remain in Guantánamo.
*This event is co-sponsored by the International Federation for Human
Rights (FIDH) and the Brecht Forum.
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