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On May 23rd of last year, President Obama again promised to close the detention facility at Guantánamo.  His pledge came in response to the mass hunger strike by men protesting their indefinite detention and to the renewed, global condemnation of the prison. 

One year later, far too little has changed: few detained men have left the prison and hunger strikes and forced feeding continue. Join us in Washington DC, across the US, and around the world to urge President Obama and Congress to end indefinite detention and close the detention facility at Guantánamo.

The May 23rd Day of Action is being coordinated by Witness Against Torture in collaboration with Amnesty International, Blue Lantern Project, the Center for Constitutional Rights, CloseGitmo.net, Code Pink, London Guantánamo Campaign, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, No More Guantánamos, the Torture Abolition and Survivor Support Coalition, Veterans for Peace, and World Can’t Wait.  Check the Witness Against Torture website for a list of actions already planned.  If none is listed for your city or town, organize one!

Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo

Our Chicago affiliate is holding vigils in solidarity with the hunger strikers.  See what they're doing and consider holding a vigil in your city or town.


(Photo: Frank Johnson)

New video quotes a hunger-striking prisoner

In Starving for Justice, Guantanamo attorney Buz Eisenberg shares unclassified notes from his recent visit with his client in Guantanamo.  The video contains new insights into the cause and conduct of the strike.

The situation

The Bush administration created the Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba, a prison at Bagram air base in Afghanistan, and other offshore prisons as "law-free zones" that it believed were exempt from U.S. and international law, including the Geneva Conventions and the nearly 800-year-old writ of habeas corpus. The U.S. Supreme Court disagrees.

President Obama promised to close Guantánamo Bay prison, and his administration cleared more than 100 of the remaining prisoners for release, but Congress has halted transfers to a standstill. Other men there, at Bagram, and at other offshore prisons may also be wrongly held by the U.S. military. Some of these men cannot safely return to their home countries. Unfortunately, nine years of scare-mongering have taken a toll on Americans' commitment to human rights for detainees.
 

Be part of the solution

Join No More Guantánamos in a grassroots initiative of concerned citizens, communities, organizations, and pro-bono attorneys representing detainees to:
  • Engage the public in a fact-based dialogue about the planned closure of Guantánamo Bay prison and U.S. detainee policy
  • Transform prisoners’ images in the U.S. from faceless, nameless “terrorists” to human beings who deserve human rights and a presumption of innocence until proven guilty
  • Use prisoners’ stories to overcome unfounded fears of prisoners in your community
 

New!

  • Updated toolkit to support grassroots public education about the planned closure of  Guantánamo Bay prison, using prisoners' stories to overcome musunderstandings about the prisoners.
  • Bagram Prison annotated list of prisoners compiled by Andy Worthington

 

Four of the 155 detainees who remain at Guantánamo Bay prison

The prison at Bagram air force base in Afghanistan currently holds more than 1,500 detainees.

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