Topic: Indefinite Detention
The men illegally detained at Guantanamo have suffered immeasurably, held without trial or hope, subjected to torture, indefinite detention, and isolation, many are not even charged with a crime. Now, a powerful exhibition of art created by some of these men has provoked the Pentagon and Department of Defense to suddenly declare that all art created by detainees will henceforth become the property of the US government and may no longer be removed from the prison, even upon a detainee’s clearance and release.
Since September, as the result of an opaque administrative policy shift, medical officers at Guantanamo have stopped force-feeding hunger strikers and stopped monitoring their deteriorating health. This move betrays a disregard for the lives of the men held prisoner there.
This tragedy should not be used to further erode civil liberties nor should it be used to incite racial and religious prejudice.
For over three weeks now, the US military has held a US citizen captured in Syria without charge. Scant information is available about this individual.
Witness Against Torture has launched a campaign dedicated to renewing calls to close Guantanamo prison as well as uplifting the stories of the 41 men who remained imprisoned behind its walls. Read how you can participate.
January 11 Will Be A Very Busy Day. Join Us to Protest Gitmo, Deliver Petitions Demanding Release of the Torture Report, and to Protest Sessions & Pompeo!
January 11 marks the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the prison at Guantanamo Bay. It also happens to be a day of important confirmation hearings, including those of torture apologists Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General, and Mike Pompeo to be CIA Director.
Fifteen human rights organizations today wrote to the House of Representatives to urge a No vote on HR 5351, which would impose a full ban on all transfers of detainees out of Guantanamo prison camp.
The House of Representatives will vote this week on a bill that will prevent President Obama from transferring any more men (even those cleared of any crime) out of Guantanamo Bay military prison.