Drones, Guantanamo and Human Rights Events – This Week

Join us to hear Zeke Johnson, Director of Amnesty International’s Security with Human Rights Campaign at Bellevue College, Room D106 on Thursday May 16, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, and at the University of Washington, HUB 238 on Friday, May 17, 1:30 – 2:30 pm. See below for further details. Also, take action online at: http://www.amnestyusa.org/drones


The use of drones to kill has increased. Guantanamo is still open. President Obama and Congress have embraced indefinite detention, military commissions and impunity for torture. More than a decade after the September 11 attacks, the U.S. government continues to violate human rights in the name of its never-ending and vaguely defined “global war” against al Qaeda and other armed groups and individuals. The negative consequences for human rights are immense. The message sent is that a government can ignore its human rights obligations whenever it deems the circumstances warrant.

Despite this bleak picture, now is not the time to give up–it’s time to campaign even harder for human rights than ever before. Director of Amnesty International’s Security with Human Rights Campaign, Zeke Johnson, is coming to Washington to share the latest news, tell the personal stories of those affected and discuss what each of us can do to stand against torture, Guantanamo and extrajudicial executions.

Upcoming events:

Human Rights and the U.S. Drone Policy

Zeke Johnson will be discussing the civilian impact and human rights implications of the U.S. drone policy.
1:30-2:30 Thursday, May 16th
Room D106
Bellevue College
Bellevue, WA 98007 (MAP)

Facebook Eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/573130002708382/

What Can We Do About Drones, Guantanamo & Torture?

A brownbag discussion with Zeke Johnson, touching on drones, torture, and Guantanamo.
1:30-2:30 Friday, May 17th
HUB 238 (Husky Union Building)
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195 (MAP)

Facebook Eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/235417693266706/

Other events during Zeke Johnson’s visit for activists to RSVP to if interested:

Friday, May 17 – Dinner with Zeke Johnson, Director of AIUSA’s Security with Human Rights Program
Who: **Space is limited and active AI activists will be given priority. Guests are asked to cover their own expenses. Must RSVP to sschmidt@aiusa.org.
Where: TBD – location will be sent to confirmed guests
When: 6:30pm-8:30pm

Saturday, May 18 – What can we do about drones? A strategy workshop for activists.
Who: Open to the public (RSVP appreciated)
Where: Savery Hall Room 158
When: 11:00am-12:15pm

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