We are pleased to announce that Laura Bloom, Fellow on the Secret Prisons Team of Reprieve, will visit Nottingham on Monday 4 March to deliver a talk in B55 LASS at 2pm on: No Charge, No Trial, No Exit: An update on indefinite detention at Guantánamo Bay.
Laura Bloom joined Reprieve in August 2018 as a Fellow on the Secret Prisons Team where she advocates on behalf of Reprieve clients still in Guantánamo Bay and provides support for the Life after Guantanamo Project. She holds a Juris Doctor from UCLA School of Law where she specialized in international and comparative law.
Reprieve is a non-profit organization that provides free legal and investigative support to some of the world’s most vulnerable people: those facing execution, and those victimised by states’ abusive counter-terror policies – rendition, torture, extrajudicial imprisonment and extrajudicial killing. Reprieve led the fight for access to the men held at Guantánamo, and were one of the very first organizations allowed inside. Reprieve’s Founder, Clive Stafford Smith, was one of the three lawyers who demanded and successfully sued for access to the prison. Since then, Reprieve has secured freedom for more than 80 men illegally detained without charge or trial.
Laura helped write Reprieve’s latest report, Justice Denied: No charge, no trial, no exit. This report describes the Periodic Review Board, Guantánamo’s flawed administrative process, which, by design, ensures that 31 “forever prisoners” have no opportunity to end their indefinite detention. In her talk, Laura will discuss the current state of the detention for these men – with no charges or trials, a toothless habeas process, and an administrative review process beholden to the Trump Administration, there is simply no way out of Guantánamo.