June 9, 2014 | CUNY School of Law
Professor Ramzi Kassem wrote an editorial for the New York Times in which he advocates for “decisive action to resettle and repatriate as many inmates as possible and give fair trials to any that remain”.
Prof. Kassem brings up national debate around the exchange of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Afghans imprisoned at Guantanamo and shares the perspectives of his clients, particularly Moath al-Alwi. Mr. Alwi has been imprisoned since early 2002. Since February 2013, he has been protesting his open-ended imprisonment without fair process, with a hunger strike. He is force-fed every day.
Prof. Kassem is the director of the Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic and oversees the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility project at CUNY Law. With his students, Professor Kassem represents prisoners of various nationalities presently or formerly held at American facilities at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, at so-called “Black Sites,” and at other detention sites worldwide. In connection with these cases, Professor Kassem and his students have appeared as party counsel and submitted merits briefs before U.S. federal district and appellate courts, before the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as before the military commissions at Guantánamo.