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Close Guantánamo. No More Excuses.

The story of Guantánamo remains that of nearly 800 men and boys thrown into an island prison designed to exist beyond the rule of law. Most were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, refugees fleeing the chaos of war in Afghanistan. The U.S. military captured only one in twenty; many were sold for significant sums of money to the U.S. by local authorities in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Of the 149 men who remain at Guantánamo as of January 2014, approximately half were cleared for release years ago. The vast majority will never be charged with any crime.

On his second day in office, President Obama pledged that he would close the prison within a year. He has reiterated his promise many times since then, and under current law, he has the power to make it a reality, But in 2014, Guantánamo is still inexcusably open and entering its thirteenth year. No more excuses. Guantánamo must be closed.

The men detained at Guantánamo brought the prison back into the consciousness of the world through their mass hunger-strike in 2013. They effectively helped pressure the Obama administration to begin releasing men, after nine months without a transfer. But today, the base is looking more and more like an internment camp for Yemen men. Yemenis now constitute more than half the population at Guantánamo, and most have long been cleared for release or will never be charged, like our clients Tariq Ba Odah, Mohammed al-Hamiri, Fahd Ghazy, and Ghaleb Al-Bihani. The collective punishment of these men based on their nationality must end.

Join CCR to demand the closure of Guantánamo and to build opposition to both this prison and to all sites of unjust U.S. detentions. Take the actions on this page, share it with your friends, and learn about our clients who remain imprisoned. Do your part to advocate to close Guantánamo from wherever you are.

latest news

First Gitmo Conviction Invalidated By New Ruling, Attorneys Say

August 20, 2014, Washington, D.C. – Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and co-counsel Joseph Margulies filed a motion asking the Court of Military Commission Review to vacate former Guantánamo prisoner David Hicks’s conviction…

Important Gitmo Ruling Leaves Future of Military Commissions Uncertain, Say Attorneys

July 14, 2014, Washington, D.C. – In response to today’s en banc ruling by the D.C. Court of Appeals in Al-Bahlul v. United States, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) issued the following statement:

Videotapes of Tortured Gitmo Detainee Should Be Made Public, Attorneys Argue

June 25, 2014, New York – Today, in a case filed on behalf of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), attorneys argued to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals that videotapes of Guantánamo prisoner Mohammed…

Court Finds Abuse of Former Guantánamo Detainees “Standard”, “Foreseeable”

June 10, 2014, Washington, DC – A federal appeals court today dismissed a civil lawsuit brought by six men formerly held at Guantánamo who were wrongly detained and abused while at the prison. The suit,…

our analysis

A Bad Decision at Guantánamo

December 6, 2013
The New York Times

In a perverse move, the Defense Department announced on Thursday that it had sent two of the longest-held detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, ...

Collective Punishment by Nationality: The Plight of Guantanamo's Yemenis

October 28, 2013
by Omar Farah for The Huffington Post

Like my client Fahd Ghazy, 90 out of the 164 men still at Guantánamo are from Yemen. Over one-third of all Guantánamo prisoners are Yemenis who have been approved for ...

Guantánamo: The Endgame?

May 21, 2013
by Omar Farah for The Global Journal

Fahd Ghazy is known at Guantánamo Bay as 026, his Internment Serial Number. These numbers were assigned to Guantánamo prisoners in chronological order according to their arrival. ...

Obama’s Catastrophic Guantánamo Failure

April 29, 2013
by Baher Azmy for The Daily Beast

Torturous force feedings and hunger strikes at Guantánamo Bay are a sign of just how desperate the men there are. Baher Azmy on why the situation must be fixed—now. ...


The Center for Constitutional Rights has led the legal battle over Guantánamo for nearly 12 years, representing clients in two Supreme Court cases and coordinating hundreds of pro bono lawyers across the country, ensuring that nearly all the men detained at Guantánamo have had the option of legal representation. The Center also represents the families of men who died at Guantánamo and men who have been released and are seeking justice in international courts.


President Obama: Close Guantánamo
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Write a Letter to a Detainee
Let the men in Guantánamo know they are not alone.

Want to Do More?
Hold a public vigil in your town, and more solidarity actions.


Guantánamo: American Power & Human Rights in the Post 9/11 Era

October 21, 2014

This 90-minute panel discussion will feature voices from the academic, media, and policy worlds expressing views on the international dimensions of human rights issues currently playing out in the detention of prisoners in US military…