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Guantánamo Bay: Beyond the Law’s Reach?

Sharifullah, an Afghan Army soldier, was detained by United States forces on January 29, 2003, during a raid on an Afghan military compound where improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were found. The IEDs were neither in his possession nor in his immediate vicinity.  Sharifullah denies involvement with the IEDs, and many of his interrogators and interpreters say he is being truthful.  He has never been charged with any crime. Another Afghan Army officer captured at the same time as Sharifullah and held without charges on the same evidence was freed from Guantánamo in 2007 and is now back home in Afghanistan, a free man.

The event will raise funds for Sharifullah’s and other detainees’ defense.

There will be presentations by Habeas Counsel for Sharifullah, including Robert M. Elliot and J. Griffin Morgan of Elliot, Pishko, Morgan, P.A., of Winston- Salem, and Frank Goldsmith of Goldsmith, Goldsmith, and Dews, P.A., of Marion, North Carolina.

Robert M. Elliot practices in the following areas of law: Labor and Employment; Civil Rights; Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA); Personal Injury. He has served as state President of the ACLU, former General Counsel for the NC ACLU, and cooperating attorney for NC ACLU. Frank Goldsmith practices in the following areas of law: Civil Rights; Employment Law; General Civil  Litigation; Mediation.  He is a past state President of the ACLU, chaired the state ACLU’s Legal Committee for several years, is a cooperating attorney, and is currently on the board of the WNC-ACLU chapter. J. Griffin Morgan practices in the following areas of law: Workers Compensation; Labor and Employment; Personal Injury.  He has always been involved in union/management and workers’ rights issues, as well as various civil rights causes.

Nancy Talanian of No More Guantánamos

Nancy Talanian, NMG’s founder and Director, has more than 25 years of grassroots organizing experience. Prior to founding NMG, she founded and directed the national Bill of Rights Defense Committee that earned national recognition through the passage of more than 400 local government resolutions and eight statewide resolutions upholding the constitutional rights of more than 85 million U.S. residents.  http://www.nogitmos.org/

Co-sponsored by the American Muslim Political Leadership & Education PAC, Amnesty International-Group 213, Coalition for Peace with Justice, Duke Human Rights Center, Durham Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Human Rights Coalition of NC, Muslim American Public Affairs Council, Muslim American Society Freedom-NC, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, North Carolina National Lawyers Guild, North Carolina Peace Action, Orange County Bill of Rights Defense Committee.

For more information, please contact christina_cowger@ncsu.edu.


November 14, 2009
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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