Guantánamo: 20 Years After
12th to 13th November 2021
11th January 2022 will mark the 20th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay. President Obama pledged to close Guantánamo when he took office but the detention centre remained open during his and Trump’s subsequent administration. With Joe Biden taking office on 20th January 2021 forty men remain in detention today. These forty men have either not been charged or faced a trial or have been subjected to unfair trials.
This conference asks – why did Guantánamo happen? Why is the detention centre still open? Why aren’t those allegedly responsible for violating the human rights of countless innocent men being held accountable for their actions? What part did the UK government play in enabling US rendition programmes to the notorious black torture sites?
We will bring together academics, researchers, activists, practitioners and students in a two-day conference to discuss the implications of Guantánamo’s existence. By scheduling the conference to take place over two days the organisers aim to bring together an international meeting of all those active in debating the origins of Guantánamo as a detention centre, accountability for the human rights abuses inflicted there, and the legal and political paths towards its final closure.