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RightlessnessTestimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps since World War II$
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A. Naomi Paik

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469626314

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626314.001.0001

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Not a Place to Live

Not a Place to Live

Resisting Rightlessness through Word and Body

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A. Naomi Paik

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter closely reads the testimonial records of the Haitian Centers Council cases and focuses on the refugees’ means of challenging their imprisonment and demanding recognition as rightful subjects. It examines how they asserted their voices by organizing the Association des Refugies Politiques Haitiens and through individual interactions, collective town hall meetings, and letters. Despite these efforts, they remained unheard and unrecognized as proper subjects of human rights. They therefore turned to increasingly assertive, embodied communicative acts, eventually organizing a hunger strike that conveyed their demands more powerfully than their words alone.

Keywords:   Haitian refugees: HIV/AIDS, Haitian Centers Council v. Sale, biopolitics, hunger strike, Guantánamo, Judge Sterling Johnson Jr., testimony

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