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4 years ago

Close Guantanamo in 2014 ACTION US
US Politics & Gov't  (tags: guantanamo, ethics, usa, humanrights, corruption, politics )
Nancy - 6 hours ago -

In his State of the Union address, President Obama set a clear goal of closing Guantanamo in 2014. In order for it to happen, he needs the support of Congress to lift the remaining restrictions on detainee transfers.
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4 years ago
I'M Writing You From GuantáNamo - WATCH VIDEO (Vanessa Redgrave Reads a Letter By Fahd Ghazy)
Society & Culture  (tags: Gitmo, close guantanamo now, Vanessa Redgrave, Center for Constitutional Rights, Fahd Ghazy, detainees, attorneys for gitmo prisoners )
Angelika - 19 minutes ago -
I am at Guantánamo right now, and have told Fahd that my petition, displaying his photo, has gained over 50,000 signatures. He has been very touched and heartened by the tremendous outpouring of support you have shown him at this difficult time. PETITION!
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4 years ago
PETITION TO PRESIDENT OBAMA: I Support Closing the Guantanamo Detention Facility and Urge You to Get the Job Done TODAY!
David - 6 minutes ago -
Instead of justice for the 9/11 attacks, Guantanamo has given the world torture, indefinite detention and unfair trials. It is well past time to change course and close the detention facility. - I support closing the Guantanamo detention facility TODAY!
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4 years ago
Report and VIDEO From January 11th Protest Against Guantanamo in DC
US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Guantanamo Prison, World Can't Wait, Guantanamo, government, politics, crime, constitution ) )
Angelika - 2 hours ago -
Over 200 people gathered in pouring rain at the White House on the beginning of the 13th year of operation of the Guantanamo prison to demand Close Guantanamo Now. (Follow up posting )
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President Obama: Release Yemeni Men, Close Guantánamo
4 years ago

President Obama has the power to close Guantánamo, and the new National Defense Authorization Act (2014 NDAA) just approved by Congress makes it even easier for him to do so. President Obama must use his strengthened authority to fulfill his promise to close Guantánamo. More than half of the men detained at Guantánamo are from Yemen, and most of these men have been cleared for release by the Obama administration itself, with the unanimous consent of the CIA, FBI, Defense, Justice, and State Departments. They continue to be detained because of where they are from, and their collective punishment based on their nationality must end.

Tell President Obama to use his power under the law to release Yemeni men from Guantánamo. He cannot meet his promise to close the prison until he does so.

4 years ago
SIGN Plz: Close Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay
US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Guantanao Bay, Close Detention Facility, Obama, Morris Davis )
K - 2 hours ago -
The Patriotic thing, the American thing, the Human thing to do here is to Close Guantanamo. Please join us in the fight by signing this petition.
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4 years ago
TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress: Close Guantanamo Now
US Politics & Gov't  (tags: congress, abuse, ethics, freedoms, politics, 'HUMANRIGHTS!', violence )
Beverly - 11 hours ago -
Tell your representatives in Congress to pass a bill coming up for a vote that would help to stop this injustice once and for all.
5 years ago
U.S. Congress: Shut Down Guantanamo Bay Prison Once And For All

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: usa, government, ethics )
David - 8 hours ago -
Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba has been the sight of countless human rights violations. Tell Congress it's time for Guantanamo and the immorality it stands for to end--sign the petition so the voices of the 166 prisoners remaining can finally be heard...
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5 years ago
Guantanamo, Bagram and Illegal U.S. Detentions The United States’ detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have become emblematic of the gross human rights abuses perpetrated by the U.S. Government in the name of fighting terrorism.

At Guantanamo, the U.S. government sought to hold detainees in a place neither U.S. nor international law applied.

But no one can be held outside of the law.

Guantanamo must be closed the right way: detainees must either be promptly charged and given fair trials in U.S. federal courts, or be released. Illegal detention at other U.S. facilities, including those in Afghanistan, must end.

I Support Closing Guantanamo

Tell President Obama and Congress that you support closing the Guantanamo detention facility. On April 30th, 2013, as over 100 detainees are on hunger strike, President Obama rightly reaffirmed his commitment to close Guantanamo. He must now take action to get the job done and Congress must support the effort.

Each detainee must either be charged and fairly tried in federal court, or be released to countries that will respect their human rights. Under current law, cleared detainees can be transferred out. There is no excuse for human rights violations to continue. Read More »

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National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
6 years ago

It's that time of year again -- the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is making the rounds in Congress.

This month, the House failed to fix provisions in the NDAA that have made it more likely that anyone could be held without charge forever at Guantanamo or other U.S. prisons.

The bill now moves to the Senate, where the detention provisions could be amended for the better, stay the same -- or get even worse.

This year, some Senators lobbied to bring back "enhanced interrogation techniques" - torture -- in the NDAA.

We can't afford to leave the NDAA in the hands of the pro-torture lobby.

This is where you come in. In the week of July 1-8, join other human rights supporters as we mobilize in local districts across the country with the goal of fighting torture and indefinite detention, in the NDAA and everywhere.

You’ll also have the opportunity to speak out about other issues that matter to you, such as immigrant rights. Meet in-person and directly with your Senators and Representative. These visits are one of the most powerful tools in the activist arsenal, a tool with the power to not only change minds, but votes.

We need people to lead these lobby visits. We'll give you everything you need to organize a successful visit in your district with other activists like you, from a step-by-step guide with talking points to trainings with Amnesty staff and member leaders.

The disastrous indefinite detention provisions in the NDAA aren't going away on their own. Take a stand by showing up in person and demanding your Representative and Senators take a stand of their own -- for human rights.


Zeke Johnson
Director, Security with Human Rights Campaign
Amnesty International USA

More Guantanamo, Bagram and Illegal U.S. Detentions
8 years ago

Special Event

» Twitter Chat: Omar Khadr, Guantanmo and torture

» Guantanamo Cell Tour


Take Action

» Urge President Obama & Congress to close Guantanamo the right way and end illegal detention at Bagram


» Write Letters on behalf of people illegally detained at Guantanamo
» Host a screening of the powerful 30-minute documentary
Torture on Trial

Counter Terror With Justice News Deadly bomb attack in North Ossetia condemned
September 09, 2010
UK violates rights of terror suspects with 'unfair' control orders
August 12, 2010
USA: Khadr Trial at Guantanamo condemned
August 12, 2010
» More news
Counter Terror With Justice ReportsUSA: Normalizing delay, perpetuating injustice, undermining the 'rules of the road'
June 24, 2010
USA: More of the same: New Manual for military commissions confirms acquittal may not mean release
April 29, 2010
USA: Double standards or international standards? Crucial decision on 9/11 trial forum "weeks" away
April 28, 2010
» More reports


Action Resources

» Report: Mixed Messages: Counter Terror & Human Rights: President Obama's First 100 Days

» Quotes from the military & intelligence communities

Background Resources
» Framework for closing Guantanamo and ending illegal U.S. detentions 

» Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Out of Court?: The Right of Bagram Detainees to Judicial Review

» Report: The Promise of Real Change: President Obama's Executive Orders on Detentions and Interrogations

Tortured as a child in U.S. custody
8 years ago
Omar Khadr, a Canadian national, has been in U.S. custody since age 15. After years of torture and abuse, he now faces an unfair trial by military commission at Guantánamo.
Omar Khadr, a Canadian national, has grown up in Guantánamo quite literally. He was detained as a child at the age of 15 and has endured torture and abuse since being held in U.S. custody.
As if torture and abuse weren't enough, now Omar Khadr must stand trial before Guantánamo's unfair military commissions - a system that President Obama himself has denounced as being unconstitutional. In fact, on the campaign trail the President said that military commissions were too flawed to fix, but last year, he worked with Congress to tweak and revive them.
Stop military commission proceedings for Omar Khadr and ensure his fair trial or release.
There is something so clearly wrong with this system of justice because even if Khadr is acquitted by the military commission - which is a long shot - he could still be returned to detention indefinitely.
The situation grows grimmer for Khadr now that Canada has turned its back on him. Just last week, the government of Canada punted responsibility when they appealed a Canadian judge's previous ruling that the country must act to protect Khadr's rights.
For 8 years now, Khadr has been denied basic legal rights as well as special rights afforded to children under international law. Canada's decision to absolve itself of the situation is disappointing to say the least.
That's why President Obama is Omar Khadr's last hope. He is the only one who has the power to stop this sham trial, repatriate Khadr to Canada, or ensure his fair trial in civilian court.
Remind President Obama of his promise to reject military commissions and restore human rights at Guantánamo.
We have seen justice become reality for other Guantánamo detainees. Earlier this month, your messages helped send Mohammed al-Odaini, another young man who had been held without charge or trial for more than 8 years at Guantánamo, back home.
Just as the odds were stacked against Mohammed then, they are stacked against Omar now and he needs your support.
Please don't let someone who was tortured as a child be unfairly tried as an adult. Stop the injustice now.
In Solidarity,
Njambi Good
Counter Terror with Justice Campaign Director
Amnesty International USA
Guantanamo, Bagram and Illegal U.S. Detentions
8 years ago


The United States detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have become emblematic of the gross human rights abuses perpetrated by the U.S. government in the name of fighting terrorism. At Guantanamo, the U.S. government sought to hold detainees in a place neither U.S. nor international law applied. But no one can be held outside of the law. Detainees held at Guantanamo must either be promptly charged and given fair trials in U.S. federal courts, or be released, to countries where they will not be at risk of human rights violations.  Read more »


Special Event


» Guantanamo Cell Tour


Take Action


» Urge President Obama & Congress to close Guantanamo the right way and end illegal detention at Bagram
» Write Letters on behalf of people illegally detained at Guantanamo
» Host a screening of the powerful 30-minute documentary
Torture on Trial

Want to see what Gitmo looks like? Watch our Video Diary
8 years ago


Military commissions have begun again, and Human Rights First is back at Guantanamo monitoring the hearings. If you want to see what it looks like on the island, check out our own Daphne Eviatar's video diary.

Thanks to those who participated in our web chat last week. If you missed it, you can download the audio recording or the transcript, on our blog.

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Restore the rule of law at Guantanamo!
9 years ago

Push back against Justice Dept. recommendations - restore the rule of law at Guantanamo!


A Justice Department-led task force recently released its outrageous recommendation to continue holding nearly 50 Guantanamo detainees indefinitely. These actions are in direct violation of civil liberties, human rights, and a Supreme Court ruling in 2008 that confirmed Guantanamo detainees' rights to habeas corpus.

Call the Obama administration on its recent backsliding in rejecting the rule of law and ask for a new kind of task force - a commission of independent, bipartisan experts to examine, report, and come to their own informed conclusions about the policies and actions related to the detention, treatment, and transfer of Guantanamo detainees.

3 ways to rock Obama's State of the Union
9 years ago
President Obama's State of the Union address is set for Wednesday, January 27th at 9 pm EST.
Call on President Obama by email, from your own house party or using Twitter to take a stand against torture.
"Waterboarding is an enhanced interrogation technique; it's not torture."
These are the words of Republican Scott Brown, who last night was elected by the voters of Massachusetts to fill the seat of the late Senator Ted Kennedy. Unless we push back in a big way, his election could swing the pendulum back in favor of Bush-era ideals and flawed torture tactics in Congress.

This Friday marks exactly one year since President Obama first answered our calls to stand up to the Bush administration's misguided policies and trumped-up counter-terrorism techniques.

Even though the Obama administration will not meet its original deadline for closing Guantanamo, it must still demonstrate its ongoing commitment to closing the book on torture. During Obama's State of the Union address on January 27th, as the fear-mongering heats up again, we can help President Obama defend these rights by making our voices heard louder than ever!
Starting today, there are 3 things you can do to begin changing the debate on torture and accountability:
  1. Urge Obama to talk about torture during his State of the Union address
    Our national security is only as strong as our ability to uphold our own laws and systems of justice, even when our safety is being threatened. President Obama can send this message loud and clear during his speech.
    Send an email to President Obama asking him to announce during his State of the Union speech that he will work with Congress to set up a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate torture.
  2. Tomorrow tweet to close Gitmo!
    Beginning tomorrow, January 21st particularly during the hours of 10am-1pm EST, a powerful group of organizations including the ACLU, Move On, and others will use Twitter to mark the missed deadline for Guantanamo's closure by unleashing a tidal wave of tweets, or short messages, designed to get everyone online talking about Guantanamo and torture.
    Tweet using the hashtag #closegitmo and help us push back against torture.
    See our Twitter page for more details.
  3. Have a party, watch the State of the Union
    Invite your friends, family, or neighbors over to watch the President's speech. Discuss whether the speech supports his pledge to restore justice for torture. Ask each of your guests to write President Obama a letter urging him to bring torturers to justice.
    Yes, I'll organize a State of the Union viewing party!

Thank you for your support,
Njambi Good
Director, Counter Terror with Justice Campaign

US Official: We Can Imprison Detainees without Charge or Trial
9 years ago
US Official: We Can Imprison Detainees without Charge or Trial

A debate over indefinitely detaining individuals without charge or trial is going on in Washington. It is unbelievable that gutting the fundamental values of due process and the rule of law is even being discussed.

This principle is fundamental: In America, we do not imprison people indefinitely without charges or a trial.

Yet, on Wednesday in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing about the Guantánamo military commissions, Defense Department official Jeh Johnson stated that the United States can continue to indefinitely hold detainees who have been acquitted of crimes.

Thousands of ACLU supporters helped sound the alarm last week in the face of mounting evidence that the Obama administration intends to seek the power to continue to indefinitely detain people without charges and without trial.

We can't afford to wait until a detailed indefinite detention proposal is in front of Congress. And we can’t count on the House and Senate to stand firm for civil liberties on this vitally important issue.

We must stop this before it goes any further. There is no such thing as a justifiable plan to imprison people for an unspecified amount of time without charge and without trial. It's a notion that goes against everything for which the American system of justice stands.

Take action today. President Obama needs to hear from you. Let him know that you are firmly opposed to indefinite detention.

When we thought it was over, it continues...
9 years ago
Dear ACLU Supporter,

Earlier today, President Obama delivered a major speech on torture, Guantánamo Bay, and military commissions.

That speech and the national debate it will spark in the weeks ahead wouldn't be happening without you.

Without your energy, your commitment to principle, and your determination to keep America safe and free, there would be no national conversation about ending policies and practices that defy the Constitution and undermine the rule of law.

We were pleased to hear President Obama speak so movingly about respect for the Constitution, about the critical importance of due process, and about the horrible violation of American values that torture represents.

We do, however, strongly disagree with the president that modifying Bush-era military commissions can solve their basic injustice. Any system designed to produce a pre-ordained outcome -- rather than a free and fair trial -- is irreparably unjust.

Furthermore, creating a system of indefinite detention -- holding detainees for years without facing charges -- is a fundamental violation of the Constitution.

In the debate the president set in motion today, you can count on the ACLU to hold firm in defense of core principles. With you by our side, we will keep working to totally dismantle the Bush system of injustice and to create an America we can be proud of again.

Anthony D. Romero
Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director
American Civil Liberties Union

10 years ago

Bush Decides to Keep Guantanamo Open

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: government, terrorism, bushadministration, usa, Guantánamo Bay, freedoms )
 Aisha - 1 hour ago -

Washington - Despite his stated desire to close the American prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, President Bush has decided not to do so..
US government pushes limbo at Gitmo
10 years ago
17 Uighur detainees still stuck in limbo at Guantanamo Bay:
Demand Justice for the Uighurs Now!
With the stock market drop and new slander tactics in the election crowding the news, you might have missed a key moment in our struggle to close Guantanamo Bay. It was a court decision to free 17 men from the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

On October 7, Judge Ricardo Urbina of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (DC) ruled that 17 Uighurs be released into Washington, DC to begin the process of adjusting to their lives outside of Guantánamo.

Take action now to ensure that decision stands!

The ordered release of the detainees is a landmark victory for justice, but efforts to block the decision on the part of the administration leave their futures in limbo. Despite the fact that the government has conceded that the Uighurs are not "enemy combatants," the administration appealed the decision and said that it will go to the U.S. Supreme Court, "if necessary."

On October 8, the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia stayed Judge Urbina's order until it had a chance to review the government's appeal. No decisions will be made until October 16 at the earliest.

The Uighurs cannot return to their native China, where they would face a serious risk of torture or execution, but the U.S. government has failed to find another country willing to accept them. This means that the Uighurs are effectively
being detained indefinitely, in violation of the U.S. Constitution and international law.

The Uighurs have been held without charge or trial for almost seven years. Ensure that justice, and a safe release for the Uighurs, is not delayed any longer.

1-ton of bright orange momentum
10 years ago


Amnesty International brought a bright-orange, 1-ton chunk of activism to American shores.

It’s the Guantanamo Cell Tour – the centerpiece of our campaign to end the U.S. government's immoral, illegal and ineffective detention and interrogation program.

The Cell is proof that we’re not afraid to throw our weight around for justice and so far, we’re making a big impact.

National and local media have covered the tour, including Reuters, FOX, NPR, Miami Herald, Philadelphia Examiner, and even the Daily Show with John Stewart; here are just a few examples:

Overwhelming momentum—across the political spectrum—is building to shut down Guantanamo:

  • Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said, ''I'd like to see it shut down…I believe that from the standpoint of how it reflects on us that it's been pretty damaging."
  • Five former U.S. secretaries of state, Colin Powell, Henry Kissinger, James Baker III, Madeleine Albright and Warren Christopher—Republicans and Democrats—publicly called for Guantanamo to be closed. Kissinger called it a “blot on us.” (And you know if he said it, it must be really bad.)

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Guantanamo detainees have a Constitutional right to habeas corpus (the right to have the legality of their detention reviewed)--a ruling that has sent the Administration scurrying to shore up its illegal detention program.

And thousands of people have signed our global petition to end illegal U.S. detentions,

Now, we’re bringing the Cell Tour to Denver and then Minneapolis – Saint Paul to coincide with the Democratic National Convention (August 25 – 28) and the Republican National Convention (September 1 – 4).

We urgently need your help to:

It’s a tall order, but by using the exponential power of collective action, we can make a better world. 

Larry Cox
Executive Director
Amnesty International USA

P.S. If you haven’t already, add your name to, our global petition to close Guantanamo and end illegal U.S. detentions.

P.P.S. You can check out photos and video from the cell tour on our blog.

Human Rights Watch
10 years ago


US: Hamdan Trial Exposes Flaws in Military Commissions

Tribunal Handicaps the Defense

The trial of Salim Hamdan, a Yemeni who has admitted to serving as Osama bin Laden’s driver and mechanic, exposed fundamental flaws of the US military commissions at Guantanamo Bay. The six-member panel of military officers today found Hamdan guilty of providing material support to terrorism, but acquitted him of a conspiracy charge after two days of deliberations.

The bizarre trial of bin Laden's bodyguard
The "capture videos" the Pentagon aims to bury, late-night brutality pointing to the CIA – and even a surreal viewing of "The Dark Knight" here in Guantánamo.
By Julia Hall, senior counsel
Published in Salon
Given all the information about abusive interrogations that has made its way out of Guantánamo, the "surprises" over the past week in Salim Hamdan's war-crimes trial – the first military commission convened by the US government since Nuremberg – weren't exactly earth-shattering. But that didn't stop the defense, dubbed Team Hamdan, from doing what it could here to surprise the six-member jury of military officers (plus one sub) tasked with determining Hamdan's guilt or innocence.
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Daily Show visits the Guantánamo cell tour
10 years ago

Getting featured on The Daily Show last night is just the latest exciting news from our campaign to close Guantánamo.

In less than a month, thousands have now visited our life-size replica of a Guantánamo Bay cell in Miami, Philadelphia and Portland, ME. The tour has been featured in major national media. World leaders have noticed and some have even visited the events. And our flagship event in Washington, DC (RSVP now!) on June 25th is still yet to come.

The momentum is real. While The Daily Show took its typical off-beat approach to current events, treatment of people in Guantánamo is an urgent matter. Detainees are currently being tried in kangaroo courts with the death penalty as a possible punishment.

Help bring pressure to close Guantánamo where it matters most. Apply to lead a delegation urging Congress to close Guantánamo Bay.

Our meetings will be held from June 30th to July 3rd. As a delegation leader, you select the meeting date. You can meet your member of Congress in your local district office or in DC.

We promise we'll make leading a delegation easy. We’ll train you, give you talking points, and answer all your questions. You’ll meet other passionate Amnesty International supporters.

The deadline for registering is this Friday. Don't miss this opportunity to join one of the most exciting human rights campaigns of the year.

Apply today to lead a delegation before Congress. Make sure you act before the June 13th deadline.

Thanks for your support and all that you've helped us achieve so far.


Njambi Good
Campaign Director
Denounce Torture Campaign

P.S. Visit the cell tour blog for the latest videos, images and updates on the cell. And let us know if you want to attend of volunteer at the flagship cell tour event on June 25th in Washington, DC.  We'll be located between the White House and the Washington Monument!! 

Parliamentarians meet US authorities over illegal detentions
10 years ago
Parliamentarians meet US authorities over illegal detentions

14 May 2008


Parliamentarians joined Amnesty International in Brussels, Belgium, on the sixth anniversary of Guantánamo, 11 January 2008. © Amnesty International.

International parliamentarians are meeting with US government officials from 14-16 May 2008 to discuss Amnesty International's framework to end illegal US detentions.

Sir Menzies Campbell, Member of the UK Parliament, and Christophe Strasser, Member of the German Bundestag, will represent the 1,236 parliamentarians from 30 countries that have already joined the call to US authorities to end illegal detention at Guantánamo and elsewhere, in accordance with Amnesty International's framework.

Sir Menzies Campbell and Christophe Strasser will meet with officials from the US Department of State, the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee, the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Office of Senator McCain and the US Navy, among others.

Replica Guantánamo cell touring the US


Mary Robinson with the cell tour, 10 May 2008.© Primrose Thompson.

Since 8 May, a replica of a maximum security cell at Guantánamo has been touring the US. The tour, organized by Amnesty International, is a way to enable people to get a glimpse of the harsh realities of illegal detention and prolonged isolation.


Inside the replica cell. Miami, May 2008. © Primrose Thompson.

Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, ex-UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and a representative of the Global Elders, visited the cell in Miami on 10 May and spoke to Amnesty International activists who had gathered for a concert and rally. 

Read MoreFact-sheet: Amnesty International's Framework to End Illegal U.S. Detentions
Counter Terror with Justice
10 years ago
Counter Terror with Justice

The so-called “war on terror” has led to an erosion of a whole host of human rights. States are resorting to practices which have long been prohibited by international law, and have sought to justify them in the name of national security.


Say no to illegal US detentions

9 January 2008

Guantánamo symbolises the US government’s disregard for international law in its counter-terrorism efforts. It is just one part of a wider system of indefinite and secret detentions, enforced disappearance, renditions and torture and other ill-treatment.

Amnesty International’s petition to end US illegal detentions is based on a framework that outlines steps that the US authorities must take to end this outrage.

Please visit the site and sign the pledge. By doing so, you will add your name to endorse the framework and show your commitment to closing Guantánamo as a first step to ending US illegal detention.

Call to Parliamentarians

Parliamentary representatives from many countries around the world have signed a declaration calling to end illegal detention by the US government carried out in the name of counter-terrorism.

To add your name to Amnesty International’s framework as a parliamentarian, please e-mail, telling us your name and title, country and region/constituency.

If you are not a parliamentarian, you can still urge your elected representatives to sign this petition. Use your own words or download our model letter.

Contact your nearest Amnesty International office for more information about this action.

Imprisonment at Guantánamo Bay is not a joke.
11 years ago

Hand out flyers wherever Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantánamo Bay is playing. 

Next week, the comedy Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantánamo Bay will start playing in theaters across the country. Detention at Guantánamo Bay is no joke. Hand flyers out wherever the movie plays and spread the truth about Guantánamo Bay.


Guantánamo Bay, Cuba
© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Sami al Hajj, a Sudanese news cameraman, has been held in Guantánamo for over 5 years. He's been abused, intimidated and beaten. He has never been charged with a crime. Like all Guantánamo detainees, he cannot challenge his detention in a fair court.

Spread the truth: Guantánamo is no laughing matter. Hand flyers out wherever Harold and Kumar is playing.(PDF)

Guantánamo has become a global symbol of injustice and abuse. And we're not the only ones saying it.

If it were up to me I would close Guantánamo not tomorrow but this afternoon . . . Essentially, we have shaken the belief that the world had in America's justice system . . . and it's causing us far more damage than any good we get from it."
-Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State

Join the call to shut it down. The U.S. government should charge detainees and give them fair trials or release them. With enough pressure from concerned citizens, we can get the U.S. back on track:

Thank you for your support.


Larry Cox
Executive Director
Amnesty International USA

National Week of Student Action (NWSA) March 31- April 4
11 years ago


This year's theme, "Counter Terror with Justice - Close Down Guantanamo," will be familiar as we continue our campaign to shut down the notorious detention facility where 275 men remain held in legal limbo. The key goals of this year's week of student action are to raise awareness in the nation's schools and communities about the continuing human rights abuses and injustices at Guantanamo and to demand that our representatives and senators go on record demanding the facility be closed.

We Need You! More than 1,500 Amnesty International USA student groups nationwide are expected to participate in this year's National Week of Student Action (NWSA) March 31- April 4. Will you be among them?

Register now »

Learn more»  

11 years ago

 ''Invaders'' (insergeants ) and ''terrorists'' in the middle east ?

 Who are they ?

The Dead Bodies Don't Lie.

To know who the terrorists have been in the middle east,  

Life against the Empirical Machines
       OUR weapons have murdered MILLIONS since 1948.
              Those Dead Bodies Don't Lie.

And we Torture To ?

Confessions ?

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq "1,173,743"
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America'sWar On Iraq 3,950
The War in Iraq Costs
See the cost in your community
Waterboarding for God and Country
   By Ray McGovern
After one spends 45 years in Washington, high farce does not normally throw one off balance. I found the past few days, however, an acid test of my equilibrium.
U.S. Gov plans to use evidence from torture in death penalty case
11 years ago

Today Military commission charges were handed down that seek the death penalty against CCR's client Guantánamo detainee Mohammed al Qahtani. 

No military commission against Mr. Al Qahtani will ever achieve justice. Instead, it will deteriorate into a controversy over secret trials and the United States' well-documented torture of Mr. al Qahtani during interrogations at Guantánamo.

Read more about Al Qahtani's Torture

For the past six years, the United States government has refused to conduct traditional criminal trials or courts martial against Guantanamo detainees suspected of wrongdoing.

Instead, the military commissions at Guantanamo allow secret evidence, hearsay evidence, and evidence obtained through torture. They are unlawful, unconstitutional, and a perversion of justice.

Read more about military comissions

Now the government is seeking to execute people based on this utterly unreliable and tainted evidence: it is difficult to imagine a more morally reprehensible system. Executions based on secret trials and torture evidence belong to another century. These barbaric sham proceedings will likely to inflame the controversy surrounding Guantanamo and draw the condemnation of even our allies.

Career military officers have already resigned because they could not stomach participating in a military commission system that goes against every principle of justice, due process and the rule of law. In particular, they were opposed to precisely the kinds of issues that will be the focus of Mr. al Qahtani's commission - the United States' use of torture and subsequent efforts to hide the criminal conduct of U.S. personnel.

Mr. al Qahtani may be the one charged today, but it is the illegality of his interrogation under torture that will be tried in the commission. Regardless of the results, no one will ever have confidence in the outcome of these military commissions.

Read more about military comissions

The United States has nothing legitimate to gain from prosecuting prisoners in military commissions at Guantanamo and a great deal to lose.

What kind of a nation have we become that we would rely on torture evidence, secret trials and an untested and deeply flawed system to impose the death penalty?

Our nation must abandon the failed experiment at Guantanamo. If the administration believes Mr. Al Qahtani has committed a crime, he should be charged and tried in a lawful proceeding worthy of our country.


Vincent Warren
Executive Director

Center for Constitutional Rights

666 Broadway 7th floor

NY, NY 10012 


AI - What we heard at Guantanamo
11 years ago

Amnesty International attended this week's hearings at Guantánamo Bay. Get details below on what we heard and remember to tell your Senator to vote against torture.

We are a watchdog for human rights.

As you read this, Amnesty International's legal observer is monitoring pretrial hearings at Guantánamo Bay. On Monday, legal arguments were made in the case of Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen who was fifteen at the time of his capture by US forces. For the first time, you can listen to her almost real-time reporting about the trial. Of note:

  • Unfair standards: the Prosecution argued anyone, at any age, could be tried at Guantánamo Bay and sentenced to death if they were deemed an "unlawful enemy combatant", even though they elected not to pursue the death penalty in this particular case. This is despite the fact that the juvenile death penalty was abolished in the U.S. They also argued in legal briefs that Khadr conspired with Al Qaeda at 10 years of age.
  • Evidence inadvertently disclosed: just before noon, copies of a document previously unavailable were mistakenly passed out to observers. The document contained information which calls into question government assertions that Khadr must have thrown the grenade that killed a US a soldier. Although in the past the government has alleged that Khadr was the only one who survived the firefight, the document shows that when the man referred to only by an alias entered the compound there were two people alive - Khadr and someone else. The account goes into other details that seriously call into question the government’s allegations. The document also reports that when the medic came, Khadr said "kill me" repeatedly.

The sham system of justice at Guantánamo allows the possibility that evidence obtained through waterboarding, otherwise known as torture, could be used to convict. The House has already voted to restrict the use of waterboarding and other forms of torture, and the Senate will vote on this measure in the next few weeks.

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Video: Moazzam Begg read Poems from Guantánamo

23 January 2008

Go to link above to view video...

Moazzam Begg, former detainee, reads his own poem Homeward Bound, written in Guantánamo.

Moazzam Begg, a British citizen, was held for 11 months in US custody at Bagram air base in Afghanistan, followed by three years in Guantánamo before his release in January 2005. He has recently published a memoir of his experience: Enemy Combatant: My Imprisonment at Guantanamo, Bagram and Kandahar.

Read More

Poems from Guantánamo (Web feature, 12 December 2007)

Say 'No' to illegal US detentions (Web action, 11 January 2008) 

Campaign to Counter Terror With Justice (Campaign web pages) 

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You can make Guantanamo Bay disappear -- and help tear down detention camps that have become synonymous with torture, injustice, and an utter betrayal of human is a powerful new Amnesty International project dramatically visualizing the commitment of 500,000 people to tear down Guantanamo Bay.

See for yourself. Act right now to tear down a piece of Guantanamo Bay! builds on Amnesty's long history of showing how one individual can make a difference. You have the power to tear down Guantanamo Bay one pixel at a time. Once 500,000 people have expressed their determination to end this human rights disgrace -- our image of Guantanamo-style injustice will disappear.

And, more importantly, we'll have the power and strength needed to tear down the real Guantanamo Bay.

One person, one pixel is all it takes. Get your pixel and express your power to end this human rights abomination.

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Scotland Against Criminalising Communities
11 years ago
Press Release from Edinburgh Stop the War Coalition and Scotland Against Criminalising Communities (SACC)
Six years of Guantanamo and the "War on Terror"
Lawyer and poet to speak at meeting to mark Guantanamo anniversary
Friday 11th January is the 6th anniversary of the arrival of the first prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. In those six years the images of disoriented, humiliated men arriving at the camp in shackles and orange jump suits have become as iconic as images of the Twin Towers. The images represent everything that is wrong with the "war on terror" being waged by the US and Britain.
Leading figures from Scottish public life will be on the panel of a public meeting being held in Edinburgh on Friday evening to discuss Guantanamo Bay and the erosion of civil liberties and freedom of expression that the "war on terror" has brought to our own country. The meeting is being held in the Augustine Church on Edinburgh's George IV Bridge at 7.30pm and is sponsored by Edinburgh Stop the War Coalition and Scotland Against Criminalising Communities.
Speakers include campaigning lawyer Aamer Anwar, SNP MSP Shirley-Anne Somerville, Noman Tahir, editor of Iwitness (Scotland's Muslim newspaper) and Asif Siddique, whose brother Mohammed Atif Siddique was jailed last year for so-called "terrorist" offences connected with activity on the internet. The meeting will be chaired by Kathy Jenkins, delegate to Edinburgh Stop the War Coalition from an Edinburgh branch of Unite, Britain's biggest trade union.
Writer and poet Tom Leonard will be talking about freedom of expression and will be reading poems by Guantanamo prisoners from a recently-published anthology of their poetry. The book was one of three that Tom Leonard submitted as his books of the year to the Sunday Herald.
Few of the Guantanamo prisoners have anything to do with terrorism. According to US military sources, out of 517 prisoners whose cases were documented after military hearings began in 2004, only eight percent were accused of being al Qaeda fighters and just five pecent had been captured by US forces - the rest had been handed over to the US by others, often in exchange for cash. Less than half of the prisoners are accused of a hostile act against the US, even though the definition of a hostile act is very broad and covers people fleeing from camps in Afghanistan bombed by the US. In many cases the evidence against prisoners is laughably laughably thin and is based on information extracted under torture.
The poems written by the prisoners are a reminder that humiliation isn't the only story to be told about Guantanamo Bay. Through the support they have given each other, through plain-speaking in the face of "kangaroo court" military tribunals and through these poems, the prisoners have kept the human spirit alive in that desolate place.
Worldwide Day of Action
The public meeting in Edinburgh is part of a worldwide day of action aimed at increasing pressure on the US to close Guantanamo.
In Edinburgh, the evening meeting will be preceded by a protest being held outside the US Consulate at 1pm. Demonstrators will be wearing orange boilersuits. The protest is being organised by Amnesty International. Amnesty says:
"If you want to see Guantanamo closed, like dressing up and want to do something worthwhile with your lunchtime, then come along and take part on January 11th".
In London, Amnesty International is organising a demonstration outside the US Embassy. At other sites in London, people protesting against Guantanamo will be posing as human statues. There will also be a demonstration in London's Parliament Square between 6 and 8 pm.
And at 11am a group of former British detainees led by Moazzam Begg will be handing a letter in to Downing Street. The letter asks the British government to intervene on behalf of two long-term British residents still being held at Guantanamo Bay - Binyam Mohammed al-Habashi and Ahmed Belbacha. The letter also asks the British government to call unequivocally for the Guantanamo prison camp to be closed.
In Washington DC, protestors wearing orange boilersuits will be marching to the Supreme Court. There will be protests outside Guantanamo's HQ at US Southern Command in Miami, and in many other US cities.
Support Aamer Anwar!
Sign the online letter at
Interfaith Vigil to shut down Guantánamo Bay
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Interfaith Vigil to shut down Guantánamo Bay

Friday, January 11, 1:00pm - 2:00pm


Interfaith Vigil To End Torture In Law And In Fact To Commemorate the 6th Anniversary of boys and men being brought to Guantánamo Prison

Foley Square, NYC
Pearl & Centre Streets (J,M,Z — Chambers/Brooklyn Bridge station)

Say, "NO MORE!"
to Indefinite Detentions
to Inhumane & Degrading Treatment
to Lack of Fair Trials
to Torture

Speakers include:
Rev. Donna Schaper, Judson Memorial Church, moderator
Andrew Saperstein, Evangelicals for Human Rights
Hassan El Menyawi of the University of Peace speaking on his experience of torture
Imam Talib, The Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood in Harlem
Sensei T.K. Nakagaki, New York Buddhist Temple
Rabbi Michael Feinberg, Rabbis for Human Rights (NYC)
Rev. Bob Coleman, The Riverside Church

Contact: Father Mark Hallinan, S.J. at 917-853-7137; E-mail:

11 years ago

Thanks to  Zahra P. StarsButterfliesGold Notes  for posting this in another group.


January 11: Shut Down Guantánamo

­United for Peace and Justice has endorsed the following call for a Jan. 11, 2008, International Day of Action to Shut Down Guantánamo.

Call to Action
We declare January 11, 2008, six years after the first prisoners arrived at Guantánamo, an International Day of Action to Shut Down Guantánamo. In Washington, DC, we will hold a permitted demonstration at the National Mall followed by an orange jumpsuit procession to the Supreme Court. There will also be solidarity demonstrations in Chicago, Miami, London and Paris, with more being added every day. We invite you to come to Washington and participate, or else join or plan an action in your own community. We also encourage people around the world to wear orange t-shirts, armbands or other orange clothing on January 11th to mark the date.

 [ send green star]
AI's ad in today's New York Times
11 years ago


The link below leads to a copy which can be enlarged enough to read the smaller text.

You did it. Thanks to your overwhelming response to our appeal last month, we're running a bright orange full-page ad in today's edition of the New York Times.

What's so important about today?

The Supreme Court will hear Bush administration lawyers attempt to defend the indefensible: that the President can hold people indefinitely, without charge and without question. With fundamental human rights principles on the line let's hope the Supreme Court rejects this lawlessness and demands an end to the injustice that flows from it.

A thousand miles from the Supreme Court steps, Amnesty International will be observing another crucial hearing today. This one will take place at Guantánamo Bay and while it will get less press attention, it is no less important.

While the Supreme Court considers whether or not Congress improperly took away the writ of habeas corpus from detainees in Guantánamo, a hearing will be convened to determine whether or not Salim Ahmed Hamdan is an "unlawful enemy combatant" and subject to trial by military commission. Under the Military Commissions Act, "unlawful enemy combatants" cannot challenge the evidence brought before them or object to being convicted on evidence obtained through brutal means.

The two hearings are not unrelated.

Both challenge the administration's attacks on our system of justice. Both challenge the assertion that fear, not freedom, guides our country. But even more important, both hearings present a clear opportunity to move our nation back on track -- to a place of respect for truth, justice and liberty. As four Supreme Court Justices put it, "[I]if this Nation is to remain true to the ideals symbolized by its flag, it must not wield the tools of tyrants even to resist an assault by the forces of tyranny."

With so much at stake, your support for our work has never been so important. Thank you for standing with us.

In solidarity,

Larry Cox
Executive Director

P.S. Be sure to tear down a piece of Guantánamo Bay, and if you already have, tell your friends and family to get their own piece.

center for constitutional rights
11 years ago
Tomorrow, December 5, the Center for Constitutional Rights will return to the Supreme Court for part III of what The New York Times has called "the most important civil rights case in 50 years." Please go to our website to learn more about the arguments and principles at stake in this Guantánamo case.You can also listen to the arguments in real time tomorrow on C-SPAN radio beginning at 11:15 EST.

In the lead up to this historic argument, CCR has been undertaking a major campaign to highlight the importance of this case. As part of this campaign we produced a television ad featuring actor and activist Danny Glover speaking about Bush administration's destruction of the Constitution. This ad was rejected by Fox News, their explanation being that we could "not document that Bush is in fact 'destroying' the Constitution." It is airing tonight in the DC area on CNN and MSNBC.

Read more and watch the video.

But the serious story behind the ad is CCR's historic case before the Supreme Court, which will in all likelihood determine once and for all whether there is a constitutional right to habeas corpus - that is, a fair hearing before a real court - for everyone detained by the U.S. government at Guantánamo.

Read more about Al Odah v. United States and Boumediene v. Bush here.

This new case goes Beyond Guantánamo - we are directly challenging President Bush's unprecedented power grab, his use of torture in violation of domestic and international law, and his assertion that he can hold anyone indefinitely anywhere in the world on his word alone. The case also challenges the 2006 Republican Congress's attempt to clear his way with its passage of the Military Commissions Act.

In 2004, CCR won the first Guantánamo Supreme Court case - Rasul v. Bush - when the Supreme Court ruled that the men at Guantánamo have the fundamental right to challenge their detention.

Even though you're not in D.C. to see the arguments, you can still take action to make sure that our rights - and our Constitution - are rescued from the hands of the Bush administration, where they have been systematically shredded for the past seven years:

We need your help to restore the damage done to our most basic rights: join us today and take action to Rescue the Constitution. Let's move Beyond Guantánamo.

Heads up on our "86 days" campaign
11 years ago

Close Inhumane Prisons!
AI_abu_prisoner225px Prisoner at Abu Ghraib. © AP

I wanted to give you a quick update on where we are in our "86 days" campaign.

The campaign launched on October 17th with a full-page ad in USA Today and thousands of activists across the country holding memorials for Habeas Corpus. The ad caused huge stir online, sparking conversations about our nation's retreat from human rights. 
You can find upcoming actions in our action guide.

In November, hundreds more hosted screenings of the hard-hitting documentary "The Ghost of Abu Ghraib." You can still host a screening.
Sign-up here and we'll send you a DVD and a screening kit.

Our December action will focus on writing letters to individuals detained in Guantanamo. As part of our global write-a-thon, you'll help us reach our goal of sending 70,000 letters to individuals in dire need of hope and encouragement.

Finally, we will culminate the "86 days" campaign on January 11th with global protests, conducted by every Amnesty International section worldwide. Join others like you from around the world in calling for the closure of unlawful, inhuman detention facilities. We want you to begin planning actions in your neighborhood.
Get started by download our organizing guide.

If you haven't taken action during these 86 days there is time … and your voice is needed.

We will see you on the streets on Jan 11th!

In solidarity,

Kevin Spidel
Campaign Director, Denounce Torture

End unfair trials and close Guantánamo
11 years ago


I am writing to you again from Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. I am here to observe more pre-trial proceedings in the case of Omar Khadr, the Canadian citizen who was fifteen years old at the time of his capture. This is the third time that the US Government has attempted to bring charges against Khadr.

The first time he was charged, the Supreme Court threw out the entire Commissions process. The second time he was charged, a military judge threw out the charges, stating that the Commissions did not have jurisdiction over Khadr.

Why am I here again to witness another attempt at pre-trial proceedings in this case? Perhaps the US Government thinks the third time is a charm. Most likely, they are not willing to admit that their entire system is a failure, along with the questionable legal regime that they have attempted to create in Guantánamo.

Read about the proceedings on AIUSA's Denounce Torture Blog.

What can you do about it? You can help tear down Guantánamo, one pixel at a time, by signing the pledge. If you have already signed it, you can send it to your friends, or even add it to your MySpace page. Help us gather the signatures we need to let the President know that Guantánamo has got to go.

By closing Guantánamo, we can put an end to unfair trial proceedings like the one that Omar Khadr is being subjected to. We can end the policy of indefinite detentions that prevents people from accessing independent courts. We can remove the most visible manifestation of the human rights violations that the US continues to perpetuate in the name of "security." We can counter terror with justice.

On January 11, we will present the petitions to the White House, while thousands demonstrate around the country -- and around the world -- calling for the prison's closure. Do your part - sign the pledge and pass it on.

Together, we can close Guantánamo once and for all.

Jumana Musa
Advocacy Director
Domestic Human Rights and International Justice
Amnesty International USA

Today, at the prison at Guantánamo Bay...
11 years ago

ACLU attorney Jamil Dakwar is in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba serving as a human rights observer at the hearing of a Canadian citizen named Omar Ahmed Khadr. Khadr was only 15 years old when he was captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan. This is his third hearing; the first two resulted in the charges against him being thrown out.

After nearly six years of disarray and uncertainty about how to prosecute the 320 remaining prisoners being held at Guantánamo Bay, the U.S. government has failed to complete a single trial. As the prisoners continue to languish without being charged or tried, one thing remains crystal clear: We cannot arbitrarily detain prisoners, deny them access to lawyers, and hold them indefinitely.

It is also clear that Congress cannot continue to put off taking action, they need to close Guantánamo Bay, restore habeas corpus and repudiate torture once and for all. In the meantime, you and I cannot wait for a change in Congress or the White House to demand that our leaders fix the damage done to the Constitution, our freedoms and our most fundamental American values over the last seven years.

That’s why we’re asking ACLU members to bring the discussion about these vital issues to their friends and family by hosting a screening of the powerful documentary, "Ghosts of Abu Ghraib," on or before December 10, International Human Rights Day. Sign up to host a screening.

We know for a fact that when they learn of the abuses being carried out in their name, the American people reject the use of torture and believe that our nation should uphold the rule of law. That is why the ACLU is calling on friends like you to help us educate and mobilize the public.

We won’t wait for ’08 to end torture, restore habeas corpus and close Guantánamo . We must act now. By hosting a screening of “Ghosts of Abu Ghraib,” you will increase awareness about the issues of torture, habeas corpus and due process. Raising awareness of these issues is essential as we fight to restore our Constitution and our most fundamental values.

All you need to host a viewing is a DVD player, a TV and guests. We’ll provide you with the tools you need to have a meaningful discussion.

Sign up to host a screening.

To think that it has taken almost six years for Khadr's hearing to take place underscores the fact that we can’t wait for ’08 to restore the Constitution; we must act now.

I hope you’ll consider hosting a viewing of this important documentary, and help build awareness about these fundamental issues. Thank you for your involvement and for standing up for freedom and the rule of law.


Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director

Getting the facts: As a result of a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the ACLU, the third secret torture memo from Alberto Gonzales’ DOJ was revealed on Tuesday. Learn more about the documents and what they uncover.

Denounce Torture: Get Involved!
11 years ago

86 Days Campaign

 86 days separates two infamous dates: October 17th, the first year anniversary of the Military Commissions Act and January 11th, the anniversary of the first detainee held at Guantánamo Bay. We will protest and organize during these 86 days to ensure the restoration of our civil liberties. » Join us!

Tear Down Guantanamo One Pixel at a Time

 You have the power to finally close Guantánamo Bay. Express your individual power to end this human rights atrocity by owning a pixel and joining your fellow activists in tearing it down.
» Own a pixel

Urge Your Elected Officials to Shut Down Guantanamo

 For over five years, the United States has detained nearly 400 men in Guantanamo Bay without charge or trial. Senator Harkin has introduced legislation that would close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, and ensure that those held in Guantanamo will either be charged or released. » Take action!

Human Rights First Visits Guantanamo Bay
11 years ago

The Guided Guantanamo: Elisa Massimino Visits Guantanamo Bay

Elisa Massimino, HRF’s Washington Director, spent July 17 at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base as part of a group that included journalists, academics and military personnel. What she saw was a “clean well-lighted place devoid of justice.”

“The trip confirmed my view that the detention camps at Guantanamo are actually a barrier to bringing terrorists to justice,” said Massimino. “The sooner we shut it down, the sooner those there who have committed crimes can be held accountable in fair proceedings. But while people like Colin Powell are saying Guantanamo should be closed ‘not tomorrow, this afternoon,’ there’s a $10 million construction project planned there for a new court building.”

Click here to read about closing Guantanamo and next steps.

11 years ago
11 years ago

Over 30,000 people on board the Close Guantánamo Flotilla
The Close Guantánamo Flotilla has registered its 30,000th member since its launch on 11 January, 2007. It has successfully recruited members from around the world in a joint effort to close down the detention camp for good.
Many supporters have come up with creative and unconventional methods of travel for their journey including parachutes, surf boards and pink swans! They have also experimented with their profiles to resemble pirates, mermaids and superheroes!

Congratulations to all those that have come together to protest against this symbol of injustice and abuse.

However, Guantánamo is still open and abuses in the name of ‘war on terror’ continue. We must launch a renewed effort to close Guantánamo and to end other abuses such as unlawul detention - including in secret sites - torture or other ill-treatment.

So let us embark upon a new journey if you haven’t already joined and get our friends and family to travel with us to put an end to this dreadful detention camp.

There are many exciting ways to get involved.
How about adding to your email signature? Or promoting the flotilla on your blog or website? We have designed some cool banners in different languages here. What’s more, we can even design customized banners upon request in more languages especially for you!

One thing that you could do is invite your friends on your Facebook, My Space or Hi5 account to join the flotilla and also bookmark the flotilla to your personal Digg, or Redditpage.

There are so many ways to spread the message. Join Amnesty International’s campaign to end human rights violations in Guantánamo Bay by travelling on the flotilla with family, friends and thousands of supporters from around the world.

Together, we can make it happen.
2000 days of Guantánamo
11 years ago

2000 days of Guantánamo


US Declaration of Independence on US flag, partial graphic
© APGraphicsBank

4 July is a day for celebration in the USA. It's the anniversary of its Declaration of Independence which also enshrines these principles: "all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." (Extract from the US Declaration of Independence)

The bitter irony is that, this year, 4 July also marks 2,000 days since the US administration transferred the first "war on terror" detainees to Guantánamo.

Approximately 375 detainees remain held in Guantánamo, many in conditions that amount to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

US authorities have asserted that between 60 and 80 of these detainees will eventually face trial by military commission, a substandard and discriminatory system of justice that Amnesty International is calling on the USA to abandon.

At least 15 "high value" detainees have been transferred to Guantánamo in the past year from secret CIA custody, affirming Guantánamo's central role in the USA's network of unlawful detentions in the "war on terror".

Each day that Guantánamo stays open is one day too long.

Take action now and Help us Close Guantánamo.


Related documents

News flash: Guantánamo must be closed immediately

Report: Cruel and Inhuman: Conditions of isolation for detainees at Guantánamo Bay

Fact-sheet: Guantanamo timeline (pdf)

End Jumah's Purgatory
11 years ago

My client Jumah Al Dossari, a 32-year old with a young daughter, has been at Guantánamo for over five years without having been charged with a crime. For the past few years, the military has held Jumah in solid wall cells from which he cannot see other detainees. Jumah spends 22 to 24 hours a day alone in these cells. He has been short shackled, threatened with death and, once, severely beaten. Interrogators have told him that he will be at Guantánamo for the next 50 years and that there is no law at Guantánamo.

Sometimes this life is too much for Jumah. By the military's count, Jumah has tried to kill himself 12 times since he arrived at Guantánamo. On one occasion, I found Jumah hanging by his neck and bleeding from a gash to his arm. I was able to summon help and Jumah survived after surgery.

Recently, I had to tell Jumah that Congress had revoked his right to a habeas corpus proceeding, and that the courts had blessed this action. I had to explain to Jumah that he might never have a fair hearing to determine whether there is any legitimate basis for his detention. I worried about how Jumah would respond to this news, but he had little reaction. In fact, Jumah has long believed that he is condemned to live forever on an island where there is no law. Unless Congress acts to restore habeas, he may well be right.

Please join thousands of others who will be visiting their Sentors and Members of Congress this week to demand that the United States stop holding people indefinitely without judicial review. Ask your elected officials to end the purgatory that my client has found himself in. Ask them to restore the America you believe in.


Josh Colangelo-Bryan
Associate Attorney
Dorsey & White LLP


Urge Your Elected Officials to Shut Down Guantanamo
11 years ago


For over five years, the United States has detained nearly 400 men in Guantanamo Bay without charge or trial. Conditions in this facility have declined precipitously in the last year and four men have already died of apparent suicides. Senator Harkin has introduced legislation that would close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, and ensure that those held in Guantanamo will either be charged or released. Its time to put an end to the flagrant abuses of due process and human rights – urge your Senators to co-sponsor and pass the “Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility Closure Act (S. 1469).

12 years ago

I wanted to send you a quick note to be sure you were the first to hear some encouraging news: Literally just seconds ago, Senator Harkin introduced a bill to close the Guantanamo Bay prison 120 days after passage.

This is a huge step in the right direction, but we have to act now to keep the momentum.

Email Congress: Support Senator Harkin's bill to close the Guantanamo prison.

If Congress hears from enough of us, the bill to shut down the Guantanamo detention facility could really pick up momentum by June 26th. On that day, activists around the country will join the ACLU for our Day of Action to Restore Law and Justice.

Senator Harkin's bill, which was just introduced, is an excellent, comprehensive solution. It would close the Guantanamo prison and end indefinite detention by requiring the government to get its act together and finally charge anyone alleged to have committed a crime.

Please urge your senators to co-sponsor Senator Harkin's bill. Or, read more first.

Then, sign up to join us this June 26th in Washington, D.C. for our Day of Action to Restore Law and Justice.

By doing these two things, you can help restore the America that we all believe in. If we don't take a moral stand and start making America a place where our government's behavior is consistent with our values, who will? And when?
When I started at the ACLU just four days before September 11, 2001, I never could have anticipated the civil liberties and human rights challenges we would be facing today. But through it all, members and activists like you have been fighting harder than we ever could have imagined. You’ve taken action, signed petitions and sent millions of emails fighting to keep things from getting worse. Now, we have a real opportunity to make things better.

Please urge your senators to co-sponsor Senator Harkin's bill.

Then, sign up to join us this June 26th in Washington, D.C. for our Day of Action to Restore Law and Justice.

Thank you so much for your involvement today as we fight to reclaim our constitutional heritage and restore the full vibrancy of our democracy.


Anthony D. Romero
Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director, ACLU


T-shirts, Posters And Other Ways To Help
12 years ago


Unfair trials? Secret prisons? Torture? Is this the America you believe in?
Show your support for Amnesty International and the America I Believe In campaign. Your purchase of Amnesty merchandise helps sustain and promote our efforts to restore American ideals of justice, fairness and accountability.

Wear the T-shirt, display the poster and help support Amnesty International's "America I Believe In" campaign.
T-Shirt: Unisex S, M, L, XL for $17.95
Poster: $20.00

AI's Annual Report documents the state of human rights in 153 countries on sale for $19.96
(release date May 23, 2007).
Native American women in the US suffer high levels of rape with little access to justice.
Get your copy of the Maze of Injustice
for $14.95

Take Action to Restore Habeas Corpus, Protect People from Abuse and Arbitrary Detention
12 years ago

Unfair Trials Underway at Guantánamo Bay
The first proceeding under the new military commissions took place last week with the arraignment of Australian national David Hicks. Amnesty International was on the ground and reporting back real-time the details of the trials. The kangaroo court marked the latest setback for human rights and justice. Learn more

Take Action to Restore Habeas Corpus, Protect People from Abuse and Arbitrary Detention

The rights to challenge one's detention is a critical protection against human rights abuses enshrined in US and international law. The "Military Commissions Act of 2006" stripped certain detainees in U.S. custody of such fundamental rights. In the absence of this basic protection against enforced disappearance, unfair trials, arbitrary detention and torture, such violations can and have occurred. Urge Congress to take a significant first step in restoring US leadership on human rights by supporting the “Habeas Corpus Restoration Act of 2007,” to return habeas rights to people in U.S. custody. Learn more »

On the ground in Guantánamo
12 years ago


Dear Amnesty Supporter,

This week, I observed the first military commission hearings for Amnesty International. As you probably know, Australian national David Hicks pleaded guilty to “providing material support for terrorism.”

Amnesty International was there, irrespective of Mr. Hicks' guilt or innocence, because his plea was made after years of indefinite detention, isolation, and allegations of torture and ill-treatment. Amnesty was there because the military commission system does not provide for due process or justice... and it does not represent the America we believe in.

I want to personally thank you for being an Amnesty supporter, because your support is what enables us to investigate the abuses at Guantánamo as well as a myriad of other human rights abuses around the world.

This week's proceedings do not bode well for the 60 to 80 people whom the government claims it will prosecute under the military commission system. The proceedings reaffirm the need to close the Guantánamo detention camp and to end the lawlessness that it has come to symbolize.

The military commissions should be scrapped. The government should charge the Guantánamo detainees with recognizable criminal offenses and bring them before a fair trial before a competent, independent, and impartial tribunal, or else release them with full protections against further abuse.

You can read my report on the proceedings in Guantánamo earlier this week here.

Thank you for your support,

Jumana Musa
Advocacy Director
Domestic Human Rights and International Justice
Amnesty International USA

Please support our work for justice in Guantánamo and around the world.

ACLU Action
12 years ago

Take Action: Close Guantanamo

No president should ever be given the unilateral power to designate people enemy combatants and then have them locked away indefinitely with no prospect of being charged or tried.

The prison at Guantanamo is damaging American values, and our reputation in the eyes of our enemies and our allies alike. It’s time to end indefinite detention without charges and shut down Guantanamo.

Email your Members of Congress: Tell them to close the Guantanamo prison.

Last week, The New York Times reported that President Bush’s new Defense Secretary Robert Gates favors closing Guantanamo and transferring the prisoners there to the United States.

And Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said, if elected president, he “would immediately close Guantanamo Bay, move all prisoners to Fort Leavenworth and truly expedite the judicial proceedings in their cases.”

The Constitution makes the president subject to the rule of law. Its drafters rejected dungeons and monarchies and chose a system of due process and checks and balances.

Take action: Tell Congress to close Guantanamo and end indefinite detention without charges.

At the Guantanamo prison, detainees languish with no access to courts, no meaningful contact with their families and no prospect of being charged or tried.

Nearly 400 men have been held indefinitely and without charge at Guantanamo for as long as five years. The government has already released more than 300 men, and admits that approximately 100 of the current prisoners shouldn’t be there. Officials also admit that no more than a few dozen of them will ever be charged.

But Congress is listening to us. ACLU activists like you recently helped stop the construction of a massive $125 million “legal compound” at Guantanamo, designed to enable round-the-clock trials using unconstitutional trial procedures. Thousands of concerned members and activists like you took immediate action and within 24 hours, the project was dead.

The House Armed Services Committee will be holding hearings on Guantanamo and the Military Commissions Act this Wednesday. Your senators and representatives need to hear from you.

The only thing more frightening than a President who ignores the Constitution is a Congress and a people who grant him permission. Please, help end this terrible chapter in our history. Together, we can restore fairness and bring back American values. Thank you for everything you do.

P.S. There's no better way to help restore our nation's role as a leader in human rights than by spreading the word to your friends and family. Ask your friends to get involved by forwarding them this message, or send them an eCard.

ACLU Staff Attorney Ben Wizner is blogging from Guantanamo Bay as the military tribunals there reconvene. Look for his posts this week on the ACLU's blog.

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This Thursday, January 11, marks five years since the first detainees were shipped to Guantanamo. Since the beginning, CCR has recognized that Guantanamo is illegal - it is now clear that it is also ineffective. While CCR has fought and will continue to fight Guantanamo in the courts, we need your help to win the battle of public opinion
Please help us make it clear that Guantanamo - and all unlawful prisons - must be closed down:
write a letter to your local newspaper
attend a local rally tomorrow
or become an educator within your own community

Visit our Guantanamo Action Center to download useful materials, read court documents and detainee testimonies, watch videos featuring detainees and attorneys and find out what else you can do.
Five years ago, one month after the first detainees arrived at Guantanamo, CCR filed the first challenge to the Bush administration's attempt to create an offshore penal colony free from the rule of law. We won in the Supreme Court in 2004 and continue to represent the detainees in more than 200 cases currently in the courts.
The Military Commissions Act of 2006 attempts to suspend the Writ of Habeas Corpus, the most fundamental legal right there is, for the first time since the Civil War. Not only do the Bush administration's policies threaten our own cherished rights and liberties, they are also ineffective.
The government's own documents show that 92% of the detainees at Guantanamo have no direct ties with Al Qaeda. We must rely on our country's legal system, the core of our democracy, to handle any threats. Please help CCR and speak out for those at Guantanamo whose voices cannot be heard. Act Now!

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On this fifth anniversary of Guantánamo Bay, I hope and pray that justice will come for the men in Guantánamo before we have the chance to mark the sixth anniversary. I thank Amnesty International and others who are helping me to fight on behalf of the men who cannot fight for themselves.

May God continue to bless America, and may the young men imprisoned in Guantánamo be tried or set free.
This article was written by an outside contributor and does not necessarily reflect Amnesty International views.

Further information :
Amnesty International's campaign to close Guantánamo


Five years now! - No independent hearing; no family contact! Is this the American way?
12 years ago

Five years now! - No independent hearing; no family contact! Is this the American way?


by Khalid Al-Odah, father of Guantánamo detainee Fawzi Al-Odah

Consider this. Over the course of the past five years, America, the most powerful country on earth, overthrew Saddam Hussein, a ruthless dictator. And after Saddam’s fall from power in 2003, US forces captured him, and he was tried, convicted and executed.

In those same five years, Pope John Paul II, Ronald Reagan and Yasser Arafat have died. Kuwait’s beloved ruler, Sheik Jaber Alsabah has passed away and we have a new ruler, a new crown prince, a new prime minister and a new parliament.

So much has happened in the past five years, and yet for my son Fawzi -- detained in Guantánamo Bay since January 11, 2002 -- time has stood still. Fawzi has spent his days in a 6.8ft x 8 ft cell, often in solitary confinement and denied all contact with his family. Even death row inmates in U.S. prisons are treated better than this. Fawzi’s treatment has irreparably scarred him and our family. And for what?

When my family learned of Fawzi’s detention in early 2002, we were optimistic that, within a matter of months, at most, he would be tried, and his innocence would be established. After all, Americans surely believe in justice, in speedy trials, in avoidance of cruel and unusual punishment, that men are innocent until proven guilty, and that no one is above the law. In fact, all of this is written in the U.S. Constitution and established in the American legal system.

However, a quick, fair trial is not what happened. Quite the contrary. The U.S. government did not give any hearing for years. Then, they provided hearings which were a farce because hearing officers were not independent of the jailor. No known democracy has ever acted this way. Why is America doing this?

Believing in the American way, my family and I took our grievances to the U.S. courts. The Bush administration used all its might to block us. Yet, after working with the American legal system for over two years, our diminished hope was renewed when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Rasul v. Bush that the U.S. court system had the power to determine whether foreign nationals were rightfully imprisoned.

With that court decision, our faith in the American way appeared to have been rewarded. But once again, the Bush administration stonewalled its own federal courts. Instead of a hearing before an independent judge, the U.S. government established military tribunals whose hearing officers report to the administration. No independence; no due process; no justice.

In June 2006, at the same time Saddam Hussein was facing trial in Iraq, the U.S. Supreme Court again ruled against the administration, upholding the challenge of a Guantánamo prisoner against the military commission trials established by President Bush. However, three and a half months later, the U.S. Congress continued to frustrate our access to an independent tribunal by enacting the Military Commissions Act. This act prevents my son from challenging his detention in a habeas corpus petition – a basic right of all prisoners – and reverts to the use of a tribunal for trials that is not independent, is not speedy, does not afford our son a right to counsel of his choosing, does not guarantee him access to evidence used against him, does not exclude evidence that results from torture, and does not give any time frame for release. Thus, this unprecedented American indefinite detention without any family contact continues – now about to achieve a five-year milestone.

As a father, I am devastated by the American system being used to prevent my son from receiving a fair, speedy trial and from any contact with his family. I understand and accept that prisons are not built for comfort. But, our son and the other prisoners in Guantánamo have been punished beyond those who have been convicted of crimes. By being in a legal limbo with absolute uncertainty surrounding their fates and the complete isolation from loved ones. This cannot possibly be the American way, for it is the epitome of cruel and unusual punishment.

Our son is an honourable, charitable man who travelled to the Pakistan/Afghanistan border region in 2001 to do aid work, to help the poor, and to teach. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, our son tried to flee the region and return home to our family in Kuwait. En route, he was captured by Pakistani bounty hunters who immediately turned him over to U.S. forces. Our son is a victim of circumstances, not a threat to America. I am confident that if Fawzi were to be charged and tried by an independent tribunal, he would be acquitted and released.

If the Bush administration believes my son is dangerous, among what U.S. officials have called the "worst of the worst", what does the president of the most powerful nation on earth fear from sending him to trial in this country’s legal system? What does the president fear from our son coming before an independent U.S. court of law that is good enough to try murderers, rapists, bank robbers, gangsters, and Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh?

My great faith in American values and the American judicial system remains. But, five years of disappointment have left me with little faith in the Bush administration’s willingness to uphold these American values.

Human Rights Watch
12 years ago

US: Mark Five Years of Guantanamo by Closing ItCongress Should Restore Detainees’ Access to Courts

(Washington, DC, January 5, 2007) – As the fifth anniversary of the Guantanamo Bay detention center approaches, Human Rights Watch denounced the ongoing detentions there as a shameful blight on US respect for human rights. Human Rights Watch called on the Bush administration to bring criminal charges or release the nearly 400 detainees, and restore their access to federal court.

On January 11, 2002, the first 20 detainees in the “war on terror” arrived, hooded and shackled, at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Today, close to 400 men remain there without charge, unable to challenge the lawfulness of their detention before federal court.  
“Detaining hundreds of men without charge at Guantanamo has been a legal and political debacle of historic proportions,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “It’s time to close Guantanamo. The Bush administration should either charge or release the detainees trapped in a nightmarish limbo.”  
Since establishing the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, the Bush administration has sought to shroud it in secrecy and insulate its actions from judicial review. After the Supreme Court ruled that detainees could challenge the lawfulness of their detention in courts, the Bush administration pushed legislation through Congress that revokes that right. The same legislation strips detainees of the right to challenge their treatment, even if they have been tortured, and even after they have been released.  
“The first order of business for the new Congress should be to restore the detainees’ right to habeas corpus,” Roth said. “It’s a vital mechanism for preventing abuse of detainees and for protecting people who shouldn’t be in detention.”  
The administration has sought to justify its ongoing detentions at Guantanamo by labeling those held as “enemy combatants” without regard to the requirements of the laws of war. The Department of Defense claims it is giving the detainees basic due process rights through so-called Combatant Status Review Tribunals, cursory administrative hearings in which detainees can contest their designation as enemy combatants. However, these hearings do not even come close to anything like an independent judicial review: they are neither independent nor fair.  
In the Combatant Status Review Tribunals, the government relied extensively on secret classified evidence – putting the detainee in the impossible situation of rebutting evidence that he had never seen. In many cases, the detainee was never even told what specific activities he was accused of doing that would supposedly make him an “enemy combatant.” Coerced statements – even if obtained by torture – were admissible against the detainee and, like all of the government’s evidence, presumed to be “genuine and accurate.” And detainees could not be represented by lawyers, and in most cases were not able to produce any witnesses or evidence apart from their own statements.  
“If the US believes that these men have committed acts that legally justify detention, it is hard to understand why it is so fearful of meaningful and independent judicial review,” Roth said.  
Although they have been labeled “combatants,” most of the detainees were picked up far from any battlefield. According to the Pentagon’s own records, the US has not even accused the vast majority of them of carrying a weapon or fighting US or coalition forces. Hundreds of the detainees were sold to the US by bounty hunters or turned over by rival clan members, while high-level Taliban and al Qaeda operatives with the resources to buy their freedom got away.  
Detainees include: men who were arrested in Bosnia and have been cleared of wrongdoing by Bosnian courts; an Afghan who opposed the Taliban and joined the transitional government but was turned over to US forces by a rival clan; and more than a dozen Chinese Uighurs who have been slated for release but cannot be returned to China because they will likely be tortured. They have nowhere else to go and have been refused asylum in the US.  
The Bush administration claims it plans to charge up to 70 of the Guantanamo detainees in the military commissions authorized by Congress in October 2006. That leaves more than 300 men still held in Guantanamo without charge and without any clear explanation of what they are accused of doing. Many should have been released long ago under the laws of armed conflict.  
“Not a single one of the allegedly high-level terrorists has been brought to trial for his crimes,” Roth said. “The victims of September 11 and the American public deserve to see justice done.”  

12 years ago
5. Say 'Close Guantánamo on camera
You want Guantánamo closed? Say/sing/act it on camera in a 5 to 10 seconds video clip! If you can, shoot your video at a recognisable landmark from your city or your country.

Watch here a compilation of some of the videos received so far.

6. Speak out and challenge
Alert all your email contacts. Write to your local newspapers, magazines and on-line media, or contact your local radio and TV station expressing your concerns about Guantánamo and asking them to link to your 'close Guantánamo' website.

Contribute to blogs and chat rooms.

7. Tell your friends about Guantánamo Bay
E-mail this page and ask them to spread the word.

8. Subscribe to our free E-Magazine
Our e-magazine is a great way to keep up with breaking news, action opportunities and other updates about this campaign.

9. Learn more about Guantánamo
Read about the latest developments, listen to people talk about their experiences in Guantánamo, access detailed reports . Staying informed is staying involved.

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Today marks five years since the US authorities first transferred "war on terror" detainees to the detention camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

Despite widespread international condemnation, hundreds of people of more than 30 nationalities are still there: without charge, and with little hope of obtaining a fair trial. Though US authorities have repeatedly called the detainees "terrorists" and "killers", many have been released without charge.

Enough is enough!

Join activists worldwide TODAY in showing solidarity with the detainees and their families, demanding once more, and louder than ever, that the US government close Guantánamo!

Contact your US Embassy
Please follow the steps below. Write to and call your US Embassy today calling for Guantánamo to be closed and for detainees to either be released will full protections or charged and tried in full and fair proceedings. [If you are from the USA, please go to the next action: E-mail President Bush]

STEP 1– Send an email

  • Alternatively, you can print the letter and fax it or post it.

STEP 2 – Phone in
[Find the phone number here]

  • Ring your US embassy, give your name and country and say that you want to make a complaint about the US detention centre in Guantánamo Bay.
  • Tell the staff if you have already sent an email..
  • Say that you are concerned that hundreds of detainees remain held in the camp, with no charge, access to justice or right to challenge their detention (habeas corpus).
  • Call for the closure of Guantánamo and ask for the detainees to be released unless they are to be charged and given a fair trial in regular courts.
  • Thank the person you are speaking to for giving you their time.

STEP 3 – Ask your friends to do the same today!

2. Send an email to President George W. Bush
Write to President Bush and call on him to close Guantánamo and bring the detainees to trial or release them.

3. Sail, fly, windsurf with the Close Guantánamo flotilla

This extraordinary journey, a unique opportunity to express your opposition to Guantánamo, will help to pressure the US government to close the camp once and for all.

Join us and invite your friends to travel with you to confront injustice!

4. Get involved locally
Find an event near you or contact your nearest AI office.

Visit our Close Guantánamo blog for activism opportunities in many countries.


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