March 29, 2013
The New York Times spoke with Professor Ramzi Kassem for an article about a hunger strike among the detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Kassem represents several detainees at Guantánamo.
While the official number of detainees participating in the hunger strike is in question, lawyers for the detainees claim the military is undercounting the actual number of those participating. “Prisoners are not eating anything, surviving only on water. Any supplies left on the cellblocks and with prisoners have now been exhausted,” said Kassem.
Before joining the CUNY Law faculty in 2009, Professor Kassem was a Robert M. Cover Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, where he taught in the Civil Liberties & National Security Clinic as well as the Worker & Immigrant Rights & Advocacy Clinic. Professor Kassem also previously served as Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law, where he taught in the International Justice Clinic.