End 19 Years Of Injustice

Welcome to "Close Guantánamo"

Campaigners in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 11, 2021, the 19th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo (Photo: Alli Jarrar).

Welcome to the Close Guantánamo website. Donations to support the work of the Close Guantánamo campaign throughout the rest of 2021 and into 2022 are welcome and are greatly encouraged. Please click on the "Donate" button below to pay via PayPal.

If you can make a regular monthly donation, please tick the box marked, "Make this a monthly donation," and fill in the amount you wish to donate every month.

Please also read our latest articles, Former Guantánamo Prisoner Kidnapped in Yemen, Held at an Unknown Location, For First Time Since 2010, A Judge Grants a Guantánamo Prisoner’s Habeas Corpus Petition, Ruling that Asadullah Haroon Gul’s Imprisonment is Unlawful, Never-Ending Injustice: State Secrets and the Torture of Abu Zubaydah, Over 330,000 Concerned Citizens Sign a Petition Urging President Biden to Close Guantánamo, and On the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks, the U.S. Needs to Close Guantánamo and Bring to an End the Broken Military Commission Trials. Please also check out our article following the final U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, Why the Taliban's Victory in Afghanistan Mustn’t Prevent the Closure of Guantánamo.

In July, we congratulated the Biden administration for finally releasing a prisoner from Guantánamo Bay: Abdul Latif Nasser, a Moroccan national who was approved for release over five years ago. See the story here, but do bear in mind that this one release is not enough.

We also continue to extend our congratulations to former Guantánamo prisoner Mansoor Adayfi, whose memoir, "Don't Forget Us Here: Lost and Found at Guantánamo," written with the writer and editor Antonio Aiello, was published by Hachette Books in August. Check out our co-founder Andy Worthington's review here.

On, Jan. 11, 2021, the prison at Guantánamo Bay had been open for 19 years; that's 6,941 days. On Jan. 20, the day of Joe Biden's inauguration, it had been open for 6,950 days, on Mar. 11 it had, shamefully, been open for 7,000 days, on Jun. 19 for 7,100 days, and on Sept. 27 for 7,200 days. Please join us, former prisoner Mohamedou Ould Slahi and many others in urging President Biden to deal urgently with the need for Guantánamo to finally be closed for good. The next poster marks 7,300 days of the prison's existence on Jan. 5, 2021. Take a photo with it, and send it to us. All this year's photos can be found here.

Former Guantánamo prisoner Mohamedou Ould Slahi calls for the closure of the prison on Mar. 11, 2021, when it had been open for 7,000 days.

For developments since President Biden took office, please see our article here for some reassuring words from Gen. Lloyd Austin, the new defense secretary, and this letter, sent to President Biden on Feb. 2, which we signed along with 110 other organizations, urging him to close the prison without further delay. Also see this article about reassuring comments made on Feb. 12 by White House press secretary Jen Psaki, our article in April entitled, The Shameful Human Cost of Inertia at Joe Biden’s Guantánamo, an important letter by 24 Senators urging Biden to close the prison, op-eds by Bill Clinton advisor Anthony Lake and Close Guantánamo co-founder Tom Wilner, and Lee Wolosky, the former Special Envoy for Guantánamo Closure, and our latest articles, The Ongoing Legal Struggles to Secure Justice for the Guantánamo Prisoners Under President Biden, Retired Admirals Urge Biden to Release Everyone at Guantánamo Not Charged With a Crime — 28 of the 40 Men Still Held, and Former Military Commissions Prosecutor Calls for the Closure of Guantánamo.

Please also feel free to check out the video below, of Andy Worthington talking to Kevin Gosztola of Shadowproof about Guantánamo, and what we might expect from Joe Biden, on Jan. 11, 2021, the 19th anniversary of the opening of the prison.

Please also check out our cross-post of an article in Newsweek marking the anniversary, and urging Joe Biden to close Guantánamo, which was written by Mohamedou Ould Salahi.

And see below for the video of an event about Guantánamo hosted by Revolution Books in New York on Jan. 17, at which Andy was joined by Guantánamo attorney Shelby Sullivan-Bennis for a powerful and moving analysis of the current situation, and the need for the prison to be closed.

Congratulations to Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and the American people for getting rid of Donald Trump in the Presidential Election. In December, we were delighted to hear that, in Trump's dying days, a Yemeni prisoner was approved for release by a Periodic Review Board, making six men approved for release who were inherited by President Biden, and in May we were encouraged to hear that three more prisoners had their release approved by PRBs, with two more following in June, bringing the total number of men awaiting release to ten of the 39 men still held, following the release of Abdul Latif Nasser in July, the first release from the prison in more than four years. Since then, three more prisoners have been approved for release, so that now the U.S. government has acknowledged that it no longer wants to hold 13 of the 39 men still held. These men must be released as soon as possible.

GIFT IDEA: If you're looking for a present, look no further than "Guantánamo Voices: True Accounts from the World's Most Infamous Prison," which we promoted here. Published by Abrams, written by multi-media journalist Sarah Mirk, and illustrated by some talented graphic artists, it's based on interviews with nine people who know the prison well, including former prisoners and lawyers. Our co-founder Tom Wilner is featured, and our other co-founder, Andy Worthington, was the book's fact checker.

Who we are and why we care

We are a group of lawyers, journalists, retired military personnel and concerned citizens seeking to close the "war on terror" prison at Guantánamo Bay, where 39 men are still held, ten of whom have been cleared for release.

January 11, 2021 was the 19th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, and the start of its 20th year of operations. This is an anniversary that should never have come to pass.

The prison at Guantánamo Bay is an abominable experiment in indefinite detention, which poisons America's claim to be a nation that believes in justice. Of the 13 men still held but approved for release, three have been waiting to be freed for over ten years, which is unforgiveable, and one other was approved for release in 2016 by Periodic Review Boards, a process established in 2013 to review the cases of all the prisoners not already approved for release or facing trials.

Just 12 men are facing or have faced trials, while the others (14 men in total) were recommended for ongoing imprisonment without charge or trial by the PRBs, which largely became a toothless, meaningless process under Donald Trump. Check out our full list of the PRBs here, and please also feel free to look at our full prisoner list, identifying the 39 men still held, and incorporating the decisions about whether they should be freed, tried or held indefinitely.

Please encourage President Biden and your Senators and Representatives to support our call to close the prison. Let them know that, while the prison remains open, it undermines America's values and national security. You can send a message to the White House here, and you can find your Senators here, and your Representatives here.

Join us now to help end this injustice and restore the rule of law. We call on Donald Trump to close Guantánamo, and will continue to do so until it is closed for good. Your voice matters.

Thank you for your commitment and support, and thank you for your interest in bringing this dark chapter in modern U.S. history to an end. Please see our mission statement for a more detailed analysis of why Guantánamo must be closed, and to see the list of prominent individuals and organizations who have signed it.


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