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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 122 men who remain at Guantánamo as of March 2015, 56 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 2015, Guantánamo is still inexcusably open and entering its fourteenth 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.

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CCR Attorneys Praise Gitmo Closure Plan, Caution Need for DOD to Get on Board, Stop Holding Up Efforts

April 22, 2015, New York – Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) released the following statement in response to a front-page story in The Washington Post about the Obama administration’s plans to close the…

Center for Constitutional Rights Praises Court’s Decision on Police Union Participation in Joint Reform Process

March 19, 2015, New York – In response to the ruling by a federal judge today agreeing with the City’s proposal that the New York City police unions be consulted during the Joint Reform Process…

Rights Groups Urge French Appeals Court to Subpoena Former Guantánamo Commander in Torture Investigation

March 5, 2015, Paris/Berlin/New York – Today, at an appeals hearing at the Chambre de l’instruction de la Cour d’appel de Paris, the attorney for former Guantánamo detainees Nizar Sassi and Mourad …

Center for Constitutional Rights Statement on Latest Legislative Effort to Block Closure of Guantanamo

February 5, 2015 – In advance of today’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Senator Kelly Ayotte's bill to stop transfers from Guantanamo, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement:  

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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. ...

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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.

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President Obama: Close Guantánamo
Sign and share our letter to the President.

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.

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CCR First Wednesdays: Connecting Guantanamo and domestic criminal injustices

June 3, 2015

Guantánamo Bay prison is one of the most notorious examples of post-9/11, U.S. human rights violations, but it has roots here at home. Join us on June 3rd, for CCR’s First Wednesdays, where CCR Senior…

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