The United States & Yemen

September 2nd, 2010 7:30 PM
Co-sponsor: Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) & International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
The United States & Yemen
Destroying Lives in the Name of National Security
Ezz-Adeen Saeed Ahmed Al-Asbahi, Mohammed Naji Saleh Allaw, Tawakkol Karman, Leili Kashani, & Pardiss Kebriaei

Leading Yemeni activists and a CCR human rights attorney speak on state violence, targeted killings, and human rights abuses enabled by the so-called “War on Terror”

The U.S. government describes Yemen as "an important partner in the global war on terrorism" while at the same time characterizing it as an Al-Qaida stronghold. The Yemeni government has taken advantage of the U.S. partnership and increasing military aid to justify its domestic "anti-terror campaigns" which have resulted in egregious human rights violations, including mass arrests, illegal abductions, enforced disappearances, torture, and killings. The victims of this violence are not only alleged militants and their families, but Yemeni dissidents and journalists critical of their government. The "war on terror" has served as a cover for the Yemeni state to increase repression and militarization in response to its own internal political crises—all with the tacit approval of the international community.

Don’t miss out on this exceptional opportunity to hear visiting Yemeni activists at the forefront of human rights struggles in their country discuss what they are doing to resist this mounting repression and to create a meaningfully democratic and peaceful future. Learn about the political climate in Yemen, and together think through what ethical solidarity with Yemeni people might look like. Also hear from a CCR lawyer who is trying to stop a "targeted killing" by the United States in Yemen and who represents men detained at Guantánamo—where Yemeni men constitute the largest group of remaining prisoners, all declared by the Obama administration to be indefinitely detainable without charge based solely on their nationality. Developing an understanding of this political reality is crucial to ending the U.S. government's complicity in more human rights abuses, and to stopping the creation of a boundless war without end that threatens our collective safety.