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22-11-08, 13:29
MONDAY: Arguments in Uighur Appeal, Congressional Briefing



Attorneys for Guantánamo detainees ordered released into U.S. to argue before U.S Court of Appeals; will brief Congress and the press on remedies following proceedings

Washington, D.C. – The D.C. Circuit will hear arguments Monday (Nov. 24) to determine the fate of 17 Guantánamo prisoners ordered released into the U.S. by a lower court last month.

On Oct. 7 District Court Judge Ricardo Urbina directed that the men, ethnic Chinese Uighurs who have been cleared for release and never charged after years in detention, be brought to his courtroom from the detention center within the week. The government immediately filed an emergency stay, which was granted. Monday’s arguments represent the official start of the government’s appeal.

The hearing will take place at the U.S. Courthouse at 333 Constitution Avenue, NW, at 9:30 a.m.

Information on the case can be found at: http://ccrjustice.org/ourcases/current-cases/kiyemba-v.-bush (http://ccrjustice.org/ourcases/current-cases/kiyemba-v.-bush)

Following the arguments, the House Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight, chaired by Rep. Bill Delahunt of Massachusetts, will host a briefing on the Uighur cases. The attorneys for the Uighurs will provide background and answer questions.

The briefing will be held at the House Rayburn Office Building, Room 2200, at 1:30 PM.

Both the hearing and the briefing are open to the press and the general public.

WHO: Sabin Willet, Partner, Bingham McCutchen LLP
Beth Gilson, Law offices of Elizabeth P. Gilson
Michael Sternhell, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
George Clarke, Miller & Chevalier Chartered
WHAT: Arguments on Kiyemba v. Bush and congressional briefing on Uighur case
WHERE: U.S. Courthouse (333 Constitution Ave., NW) and the House Rayburn Office Building, Room 2200
WHEN: Monday, Nov. 24. The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the briefing will begin at 1:30 p.m.

More information:
Kiyemba v. Bush is a habeas corpus petition filed in the D.C. District Court on behalf of 17 innocent Uighur men who have been imprisoned in Guantánamo Bay for almost seven years. The government acknowledged as early as 2003 that the imprisoned Uighurs were improperly detained and eligible for release. They remain imprisoned because a transfer to China would be illegal as they would be at grave risk of torture and other forms of persecution; and the U.S. government has both refused to accept the men into the U.S. and been unwilling or unable to find other countries willing to accept them. The federal judge overseeing their case ordered their release in October 2008. However, the release order is currently subject to an administrative stay pending further litigation. For more information on the case, visit: http://ccrjustice.org/ourcases/current-cases/kiyemba-v.-bush (http://ccrjustice.org/ourcases/current-cases/kiyemba-v.-bush)

About CCR:
CCR has led the legal battle over Guantánamo for nearly seven years – sending the first ever habeas attorneys to the base and sending the first attorney to meet with a former CIA “ghost detainee.” CCR has been responsible for organizing and coordinating more than 500 pro bono lawyers across the country in order to represent the men at Guantánamo, ensuring that nearly all have the option of legal representation. CCR represented the detainees with co-counsel in the most recent argument before the Supreme Court, which resulted in victory for prisoners there in June.

The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change. Visit www.ccrjustice.org (http://www.ccrjustice.org/).