Panel Discussion: Refugee Rights and Rightlessness: Haitian Refugees at Guantánamo in the 1990s

February 28, 2014 | 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

University of Minnesota - Anderson Library 120

A panel discussion with A. Naomi Paik, Ninaj Raoul, and Michele Garnett McKenzie.

In the early 1990s, over 32,000 refugees fled a military coup d’etat in Haiti. Their makeshift boats were intercepted by the US Coast Guard and brought to crowded detention camps at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. US courts declared that the Haitians had “no substantive rights.” The camp became the world’s first detention center for people with HIV/AIDS and marked the first time GTMO was used as anything other than a naval base. This panel of speakers will address the experiences of Haitian refugees at GTMO and connect this history with the major issues relevant to refugee rights in the present.

Hosted by the University of Minnesota Institute for Advanced Study.

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