The US experience: Exceeding legal boundaries in countering terrorism

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FIDH and its member organisations in the US and France, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), and the Ligue des droits de l’Homme (LDH), Amnesty Intenrational and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) are holding a conference on 26 Janurary to denounce the "enhanced interrogation" program implemented by the Bush-Administration and the lack, thus far, of any justice for victims. The event will bring together surviving Guantanamo detainees, former high-ranking American political and military officials, activists and legal experts for a series of discussions.

Thursday 26 January, 5:45PM to 8:45PM
at the Éléphant Paname, 10 rue Volney (Paris 75002)

17:45 - 18:45: The US torture program, its development and its damage
- Lawrence Wilkerson, Former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell
- Alberto Mora, Senior Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, and former General Counsel of the Navy
- Mark Fallon, Former US counterterrorism investigator
- Janis Karpinski, Former Commander of the Military Police in Iraq from 2003-2005
Moderated by Andreas Schüller, ECCHR

19 - 19:30: Guantánamo survivors talk about their quest for justice
- Mourad Benchellali, French Guantanamo survivor
- Nizar Sassi, French Guantanamo survivor
- Aliya Hussain, CCR
Moderated by Yves Prigent, Amnesty International France

19:45 - 20:45: Accountability for torture - the French Guantánamo case
- William Bourdon, lawyer of Mourad Benchellali and Nizar Sassi
- Clemence Bectarte, FIDH
- Katherine Gallagher, CCR
- Wolfgang Kaleck, ECCHR
Moderated by Karine Bonneau, FIDH

The event takes place in English and French with direct translations.

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