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Guantanamo - a challenge to international human rights

Thursday 13 February, 1pm
D402, Clement House 

More than a year after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 650 prisoners are still held at Guantanamo Bay. What is the legal status of those detained there? What are the conditions of confinement there in relation to international standards? How have the UK courts responded to the situation?

These issues will be discussed at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Thursday 13 February in Guantanamo - a challenge to international human rights.

Speaking on the human rights issues will be Louise Christian, co-founder of Christian Fisher Khan Solicitors, Dr Andrew Coyle, director of the International Centre for Prison Studies, King's College London, and Gerry Simpson, Law Department, LSE.

Professor Conor Gearty, Rausing Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE, will chair this event, which is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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To reserve a press ticket, contact Judith Higgin on 020 7955 7060 or email j.a.higgin@lse.ac.uk| 

Notes:

Louise Christian is one of the co-founders of Christian Fisher Khan Solicitors. She has been involved in many high profile cases, including representing the victims of the Marchioness disaster, the Paddington and Southall rail crashes, and the case of Abbasi in the Court of Appeal dealing with the situation of the UK citizens detained in Guantanamo Bay.

Dr Andrew Coyle is director of the International Centre for Prison Studies at King's College London. The Centre's objectives are to assist governments and other agencies to spread best practice in prison management from a human rights perspective.

Gerry Simpson is based in the Law department at LSE. He has previously been a legal advisor to the Australian Government on international criminal law and has worked for several non-governmental organisations.

13 February 2003

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