THE RULE OF LAW ORAL HISTORY PROJECT
Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights
An interview with Pardiss Kebriaei conducted by Gabriel Daniel Solis on February 2, 2012, and by David P. Briand on October 4, 2013 for the Columbia Center for Oral History, Rule of Law Oral History Project.
When Pardiss Kebriaei was a young girl in 1979, her family fled the revolution in Iran and resettled in Oklahoma and, later, Texas. In considering post-graduate studies, Ms. Kebriaei was torn between music and law, but her growing interest in human rights and social justice issues won out and led her to law school and a career at the Center for Constitutional Rights soon after. Highlights of this interview include discussions of Ms. Kebriaei's experiences growing up in the American Midwest, the Obama administration's failure to close Guantánamo, the February 2013 hunger strike, the significance of President Obama's May 2013 speech at the National Defense University, the circumstances surrounding the deaths of detainees Adnan Farhan Abd al Latif, Yasser Talal al Zahrani, Sala Ahmed al Salami, and Mani Shaman al Utaybi, and the release and resettlement of Muhammed and Abdul Nasser Khan Tumani.