End 20 Years Of Injustice

Welcome to "Close Guantánamo"

Some of the supporters who took photos with our poster marking 7,306 days of the existence of the prison at Guantánamo Bay on Jan. 11, 2022, the 20th anniversary of its opening. See all the photos here, including the 40 photos received for 7,600 days on Nov. 1, when five former prisoners took part. Our photo campaign continues into 2023. The next poster, via our Gitmo Clock initiative, which counts in real time how long Guantánamo has been open, marks 7,671 days of the prison's existence on Jan. 11, 2023, the 21st anniversary of the prison's opening. Please take a photo with it, and send it to us.

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Jan. 11, 2022 marked a shameful anniversary that we all hoped would never arrive: the 20th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay. In order to let the prisoners know that they've not been forgotten, we posted a request for supporters to write to them, via our article, Please Write to the Guantánamo Prisoners, Let Them Know They’ve Not Been Forgotten Under President Biden.

Our co-founders, Tom Wilner and Andy Worthington, were involved in a number of events to mark this terrible milestone. See below for the video of them discussing the 20th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo in an online event at New America, in Washington, D.C., also featuring Karen Greenberg, and moderated by Peter Bergen, and for coverage of their work, and that of the Close Guantánamo campaign, see our article, The Endless Shame of Guantánamo Bay: Our Co-Founders Tom Wilner and Andy Worthington Are Profiled in an Article in The New Republic. And for detailed information about all of the prisoners, check out the links to Andy's most recent update to his six-part definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, which we promoted here.

Please also check out the video of Andy discussing Guantánamo's 20th anniversary with former prisoner Mansoor Adayfi and attorney Shelby Sullivan-Bennis at an event hosted by Revolution Books in New York.

Please also read Andy's latest articles, President Biden’s Decisive Moves Towards the Closure of the Prison at Guantánamo Bay, Completely Unnoticed, CIA Torture Victim Abu Faraj Al-Libi Has His Ongoing Imprisonment Without Charge or Trial Approved by a Guantánamo Review Board, The Powerful Artwork Still Being Created by Prisoners at Guantánamo, and the Outrageous Ban on its Dissemination That is Still in Place, The U.S. Government’s Entirely Predictable Problems with Resettling Guantánamo Prisoner Majid Khan, and Abd Al-Hadi Al-Iraqi is First “High-Value Detainee” To Accept Plea Deal at Guantánamo, Could Be Freed by 2024.

Also see below for Andy's keynote speech at "Guantánamo: 20 Years After", an online conference hosted by the University of Brighton, which took place on Nov. 12-13, 2021. For more videos, see here.

Please also feel free to listen, on Bandcamp, to "Forever Prisoner," Andy's song, recorded with his band The Four Fathers, which was released in August 2022. Because of delays caused by Covid, the process of recording this song coincided with Khaled finally being approved for release from Guantánamo, but as Andy explains, Khaled has now joined a queue of 21 other men approved for release who are still held, but as there is no legal mechanism that requires the U.S. government to release any of these men, it may be worthwhile, and accurate, to regard them all as "forever prisoners," along with the three remaining men who have neither been charged nor approved for release.

Last July, the first prisoner was released from Guantánamo under President Biden: Abdul Latif Nasser, a Moroccan national who was approved for release in 2016. See the story here. In March 2022, a second prisoner was released by Biden: Mohammed al-Qahtani, who was sent back to Saudi Arabia to receive the psychiatric care for his schizophrenia that was not available at Guantánamo, and a third prisoner, Sufyian Barhoumi, was repatriated to Algeria at the start of April. A fourth prisoner, Asadullah Haroon Gul, was released in Afghanistan in June, and in October Saifullah Paracha, Guantánamo's oldest prisoner, became the fifth prisoner to be released under Biden, when he was flown home to Pakistan. Please do bear in mind, however, that these four releases are not enough.

We also continue to extend our congratulations to former Guantánamo prisoner Mansoor Adayfi, whose astonishingly powerful 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 last year. Check out our co-founder Andy Worthington's review here.

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 35 men are still held, 21 of whom have been cleared for release.

January 11, 2022 was the 20th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, and the start of its 21st 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 21 men still held but approved for release, three have been waiting to be freed for over ten years, which is unforgivable, another was approved for release at the end of the Trump presidency by a Periodic Review Board, a process established in 2013 to review the cases of all the prisoners not already approved for release or facing trials, 16 other men have been approved for release by PRBs since President Biden took office, and one other man, Majid Khan, is awaiting release after serving a sentence that was part of a plea deal in his military commission trial. Please be aware, though, that approving men for release means nothing unless they are actually freed.

Just 11 men are facing or have faced trials, while the others (three men in total) have been aptly described as "forever prisoners," recommended for ongoing imprisonment without charge or trial by the PRBs. Check out our full list of the PRBs here, and please also feel free to look at our full prisoner list, identifying the 35 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 President Biden 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.


Close Guantanamo - End 11 Years of Injustice