End 18 Years Of Injustice

Welcome to "Close Guantánamo"

January 11, 2020 was the 18th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay; or, to put it another way, the 6,575th day of its disgraceful existence, and former prisoner Shaker Aamer was photographed by our co-founder Andy Worthington with a poster marking the occasion, and calling on Donald Trump to close it without further delay. All the photos of supporters marking 6,575 days of the prison's existence can be found here, as can photos from 6,600 days (on Feb. 5). Please also note that, throughout the rest of 2020, we have posters marking 6,700 days (on May 16), 6,800 days (on Aug. 24) and 6,900 days (on Dec. 2). For more information, see our article about our 2020 campaign. Please take photos with the posters and send them to us. Spanish readers can also find Spanish posters here, courtesy of the World Can't Wait. Check out previous photos here, and also check out our Gitmo Clock initiative, which counts, in real time, how long Guantánamo has been open, and which is the basis of the poster campaign.

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Please check out Fighting Back Against Guantánamo Amnesia As the Prison Begins Its 19th Year of Operations, our article about the events and media appearances we undertook to mark the anniversary, and see below for the video of our co-founder Andy Worthington appearing on RT, which was the only coverage of the anniversary in the whole of the U.S. broadcast media.

Also see below for the video of Andy and our other co-founder, Tom Wilner, discussing "Guantánamo in 2020: What is the Future of the Prison Camp after Eighteen Years?" at the New America think-tank in Washington, D.C. on January 13, 2020, just two days after the anniversary. Thanks as ever to New America for hosting Guantánamo-related panel discussions every year on or around the anniversary of the prison's opening.

Other news

Victory in court! Congratulations to Close Guantánamo's co-founder Tom Wilner, who successfully urged the D.C. Circuit Court, on behalf of Yemeni prisoner Khalid Qassim, to bring to an end "an eight-year rule that has prevented Guantánamo detainees from seeing and rebutting the evidence purportedly justifying their detentions." On June 21, 2019, the court sent Qassim's case back to the District Court to look, in particular, at his "claimed constitutional right to access the classified information in the government’s hands," as described by Judge Patricia A. Millett, who wrote the court’s opinion. See our article, A Rare Court Victory Offers Hope for Guantánamo’s "Forever Prisoners".

Also please see Humanizing the Silenced and Maligned: Guantánamo Prisoner Art at CUNY Law School in New York, Andy's article about a new exhibition of Guantánamo prisoners' artwork by eleven current and former prisoners, including Khalid Qassim. And please check out My Best Friend and Brother: A Profile of Guantánamo Prisoner Khalid Qasim by Mansoor Adayfi, a world exclusive, original article by former prisoner Mansoor Adayfi, providing some wonderful new insights into Khalid's character, all of which makes it clear that his ongoing imprisonment is both shameful and unjustifiable.

And please read Uzair Paracha, Victim of Tortured Terrorism Lies, is Freed from U.S. Jail; Why Is His Father Still at Guantánamo?, about the release of Uzair Paracha, which is to be celebrated, because a judge recognized that the evidence against him was untrustworthy, although it is truly shameful that his father is still held at Guantánamo, on the basis of the same untrustworthy evidence. He should be freed immediately.

TORTURE UPDATE: Please read As Torture Rears Its Ugly Head at Guantánamo, Let’s Not Forget That the Entire Prison Must Be Closed, our report about CIA torture architect James Mitchell's questioning at Guantánamo in January 2020, and our reminder that the prison must be closed. Also feel free to check out CIA Torture Unredacted: New Report Fills in Crucial Gaps in 2014 Senate Torture Report, about a new 400-page report launched in London on July 10, 2019, and please also check out 17 Years Since the Notorious Yoo-Bybee Torture Memos, the U.S. Still Finds Itself Unable to Successfully Prosecute the Men It Tortured, remembering the anniversary of the issuing of two shameful memos that no other media outlet has seen fit to remember.

And please also check out our latest articles:

Please also read U.S. Supreme Court Supports Lifelong Imprisonment Without Charge or Trial at Guantánamo; Only Justice Breyer Dissents, about the significance of a decision by the Supreme Court not to accept a review of the case of Moath al-Alwi, a Yemeni held for over 17 years.

Please check out our co-founder Andy Worthington's half-hour interview with Chris Hedges on his 'On Contact' show on RT below:

Andy Worthington's interview with Chris Hedges about Guantánamo, broadcast in March 2019.

For our report about events marking the 17th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo, see The Revival of Resistance: Reflections on the 17th Anniversary of the Opening of Guantánamo, and see below for the video of the panel discussion at New America featuring our co-founders Tom Wilner and Andy Worthington, and Laura Pitter of Human Rights Watch.

The panel discussion about Guantánamo at New America on Jan. 11, 2019.

For a brief explanation about why it is imperative that Guantánamo is closed, see our co-founder Andy Worthington speaking outside the White House on January 11, 2017, the 16th anniversary of the opening of the prison.

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 40 men are still held, five of whom have been cleared for release.

January 11, 2020 was the 18th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, and the start of its 19th 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 five men still held but approved for release, three have been waiting to be freed for over ten years, which is unforgiveable, and two others were 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 nine men are facing or have faced trials, while the others (26 men in total) were recommended for ongoing imprisonment without charge or trial by the PRBs, which have become 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 40 men still held, and incorporating the decisions about whether they should be freed, tried or held indefinitely.

Please encourage 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. 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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