Shall Lithuania admit the Guantanamo detainees?

February 11 Wednesday


February 11, 2009, 6 p.m.


"La Boheme", Šv. Ignoto str. 4/3, Vilnius, Lithuania



On the 11th of February we will continue our meetings on behalf of the discussion-club "" and debate the issue on closing the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

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During his 2008 Presidential campaign, Barack Obama described Guantanamo as a "sad chapter in American history" and promised to close down the prison in 2009. After being elected, Obama held his promise and signed an Executive Order stating that the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp would in fact be closed within the year. His plan encountered a setback, however, when incoming officials of his administration discovered that there were no comprehensive files concerning many of the detainees, so that merely assembling the available evidence about them could take weeks or months.
The European leaders considered Obama's iniciative as a very positive sign for changes in the USA . Now it is discussed, that the EU member states should help USA to fulfill the closure of Guantanamo camp by admitting some detainees in the European countries.
On the 11th February 2009 we will discuss the topic "Shall Lithuania admit the Guantanamo detainees?". Our pannelists:

The History of one detainee camp and its future projections
Mr. Egdūnas RAČIUS, Director, Center of Asian and African studies at the Institute for International Relations and Politics at the Vilnius University

Legal issues for the Admission of the Guantanamo detainees in Lithuania
Dr. Dainius ŽALIMAS, Expert of the International law, Chairman of the Department for International law at the Faculty of Law, Vilnius University

Contact person

Andreas Michael Klein

Head of the KAS office Chile

Andreas Michael Klein
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