WASHINGTON - November 17 - Amnesty International and Reprieve will hold a press conference on Friday, November 18 in London to announce the biggest ever gathering of former “war on terror” detainees who are coming together over the weekend to condemn an increasingly globalized network of torture.
Amnesty International's Secretary General Irene Khan and Reprieve's Legal Director Clive Stafford Smith will show how a subversive operation of secret detentions, renditions, "disappearances" and diplomatic assurances has fuelled torture and undermined security.
Former detainees from around the world and international legal and medical experts will highlight the brutal effects on individuals and the blatant illegality of such practices.
When: Friday November 18, 10:00 A.M. (10.00 GMT)
Where: Human Rights Action Centre, Amnesty International UK, 17-25 New
Inn Yard (Shoreditch), London EC2
· Irene Khan: Secretary General, Amnesty International
· Clive Stafford Smith: Legal Director of Reprieve, defense lawyer of
· Moazzam Begg: former detainee from the UK, detained in Guantanamo Bay
for 4 years without charge
· U.S. military officer and defense lawyer – to be confirmed
Available for interview at the press conference:
Airat Vakhitov: Former Guantánamo detainee from Russia, held in solitary confinement in Afghanistan for a year before being transferred to Guantanamo. Released 2005.
Abdurraheem Muslim Dost: Former Guantánamo detainee from Afghanistan. A journalist prior to his arrest, Abdurraheem Muslim Dost was arrested in Pakistan November 2001 and then transferred to Guantanamo where he was detained for a further 3 and half years. Ustad Badruzzaman Badr: Former detainee from Afghanistan and brother of Abdurraheem Muslim Dost. Arrested at the same time as his brother, released from Guantanamo in December 2004.
Khaled al-Odah: Father of Guantánamo detainee and head of the Kuwaiti Families Committee, an organization formed by relatives of the detainees to advocate for their just treatment under the U.S. judicial system.
Dr Angela Burnett: senior medical examiner at the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture.
In addition, Jumana Musa, AIUSA Advocacy Director for Domestic Human Rights and International Justice; Eric Sears, head of AIUSA’s Denounce Torture Initiative; and Brian Evans, AIUSA’s Saudi Arabia’s Country Specialist, will be attending this conference and available to the media as time permits. All three are experts in U.S. policy concerning the “war on terror” and related issues.
Footage available for broadcasters
A News Access Tape will be made available to media that attend the press conference. This will feature some of the former detainees invited to the press conference, filmed in their home countries talking about and showing the effects of their detention experience.