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"Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, determine its mission, fulfill it, or betray it." …
November 21, 2014, New York – In response to yesterday’s announcement that, as part of…
November 11, 2014, Geneva – Today, Murat Kurnaz, tortured and detained by the U.S. for…
779 men and boys, all of them Muslim, have been imprisoned over time at Guantánamo since January 2002.
86%* were sold to the United States during a time when the U.S. military was offering large bounties for capture; commonly, $5,000 offered per man.
637 men have been transferred (including 9 deaths).
142 men remain detained.
84 of them are from Yemen.
76 have been cleared for release but remain imprisoned.
54 of those who are cleared for release are Yemenis, but they continue to be detained based on or because of their citizenship.
There have been 0 transfers to Yemen since June 2010.
36 men have been designated for indefinite detention without charge or trial.
22 or more were children when taken to the detention camp.
More men (9) have died at Guantánamo than have been convicted (8) by the military commissions.
8 years is the longest hunger strike by a man at Guantánamo. It’s still going.
0 senior government officials have been held accountable for the wrongful detention and torture at Guantánamo.
It now costs $454 million per year to keep Guantánamo open. The Pentagon will have spent $5.242 billion on the prison by the end of 2014.
*Seton Hall University School of Law, Report on Guantánamo Detainees, 2006.
WHAT YOU CAN DO ...
1. SIGN and SHARE our campaign President Obama: Release Yemeni Men, Close Guantanamo. 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.
2. WRITE Secretary of State John Kerry and demand that the State Department:
• Transfer detained men who have countries willing to accept them. Over half of the men imprisoned at Guantánamo have been cleared for release.
• Announce an end to forced repatriations of men to countries where they fear torture. About 10 detained men have expressed strong fears of returning to their countries of origin, and they should not be repatriated against their will. The Obama administration has already forcibly repatriated six men. This policy of forcible transfers must end.
ADDRESS: Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington DC 20520
3. CONTACT Attorney General Eric Holder and demand the Department of Justice hold U.S. officials accountable for torture and other serious violations of international law at Guantánamo and other U.S. detention sites. The Attorney General should appoint an independent prosecutor with a full mandate to investigate & prosecute those responsible for torture & other war crimes as far up the chain of command as the facts may lead. DoJ must also reverse its policy of opposing civil actions brought against U.S. officials by victims of the U.S. torture program or families of those who died at Guantánamo.
ADDRESS: Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC 20530. EMAIL: AskDOJ@usdoj.gov . NUMBER: Public Comment Line (202) 353-1555