End 19 Years Of Injustice

Gitmo Clock 2021 photos

Photos of Close Guantánamo supporters on Jan. 11, 2021, the 19th anniversary of the opening of the prison, calling on Joe Biden to close the prison when he takes office.

This page features photos of supporters, throughout 2021, holding up posters showing how long the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open, and urging Joe Biden to close it without further delay, starting with 6,941 days on Jan. 11, the 19th anniversary of the opening of the prison, and continuing with 6,950 days on Jan. 20, the day of Joe Biden's inauguration.

Throughout the rest of the year, we also have posters marking 7,000 days (on Mar. 11), 7,100 days (on Jun. 19), 7,115 days (on Jul. 4, U.S. Independence Day), and 7,200 days (on Sep. 27), and, into 2022, 7,300 days (on Jan. 5, 2022), and 7,306 days on Jan. 11, 2022, the 20th anniversary of the prison's opening, and a day that no one with any decency and respect for the law wants to see. Spanish posters are also available here, via the World Can't Wait.

Please feel free to take a photo with some — or all — of the photos, and send them to us at info@closeguantanamo.org.

Today, Jan. 20, 2021, the day of the inauguration of Joe Biden as president, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,950 days, and Farrah Hassen, an adjunct professor teaching international law in Southern California, sent this photo and the following compelling reasons for her participation in the campaign. She says, "I make it a point to teach my students about Guantánamo prison when I get to the subject of international humanitarian law so that they can learn about this legal black hole and demand an end to it and future legal black holes. For many, it feels like the first time learning about the issue, given how young they were during the 9/11 attacks. I was a college student at that time, and still remember my fear (especially as an Arab and Muslim-American) of a national security state determined to thwart terrorism at all costs, regardless of the consequences to the rule of law and rights of people. My students learn about Guantánamo’s post 9/11 origins and read the seminal cases, including Hamdan v. Rumsfeld. Without fail, they have been shocked and horrified by the various human rights abuses at Gitmo and related breaches of international humanitarian law. I show them videos and photos with disclaimers about the disturbing content, and share the perspectives of prisoners who have survived their ordeal. They have rightfully questioned why the prison remains opens, despite former President Obama’s call to shut it down, and wonder when the remaining prisoners cleared for release will ever return to what they once called home. They have analyzed and read the Geneva Conventions, Additional Protocol 1, Convention against Torture, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In so doing, they are reminded of the promises of international law, and the continued challenges to its enforcement by states flagrantly violating their treaty obligations — exemplified by the United States’ continued operation of Gitmo. For all these reasons, I strongly support the work of Close Guantánamo, and attach a photo of myself demanding that the incoming Biden administration immediately close this prison once and for all."

Today, Jan. 20, 2021, the day of the inauguration of Joe Biden as president, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,950 days, and former prisoner Mansoor Adayfi calls on him to close the prison without further delay.

Today, Jan. 20, 2021, the day of the inauguration of Joe Biden as president, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,950 days, and our co-founder Andy Worthington says, "Congratulations on your inauguration, President Biden, but now you own Guantánamo. 12 long years ago, you were Barack Obama’s vice president when he promised to close it, but failed to do so. There can be no more excuses. This wretched prison is an affront to all the values you claim to hold dear, and to keep it open would make you a hypocrite. Appoint a senior official with responsibility for its closure as soon as possible, and let’s get it closed by this time next year."

Today, Jan. 20, 2021, the day of the inauguration of Joe Biden as president, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,950 days, and, in Somerville, MA, Susan McLucas says, "I hope Biden makes good on Obama’s promise to close Guantánamo. He can start with the six men who’ve been cleared for release, most of them for years."

Marking 6,950 days of the existence of the prison at Guantánamo Bay on Jan. 20, 2021, the day of the inauguration of Joe Biden as president, Sayed Chowdhury in Australia sent this photo with his sons, calling on Joe Biden to close the prison without further delay.

Today, Jan. 20, 2021, the day of the inauguration of Joe Biden as president, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,950 days, and William Hudon, Professor of History at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA, calls on him to close the prison without further delay.

Today, Jan. 20, 2021, the day of the inauguration of Joe Biden as president, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,950 days, and Steve Lane says, “Dear President Biden, you have the opportunity to right a grievous wrong. It should be obvious — bring justice to the men we have imprisoned for decades at Guantánamo Bay.”

Today, Jan. 20, 2021, the day of the inauguration of Joe Biden as president, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,950 days, and Natalia Rivera Scott, in Mexico City, calls on him to close the prison without further delay.

Today, Jan. 20, 2021, the day of the inauguration of Joe Biden as president, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,950 days, and, in Maloy, Iowa, peace campaigner Brian Terrell calls on him to close the prison without further delay.

Today, Jan. 20, 2021, the day of the inauguration of Joe Biden as president, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,950 days, and, in Los Angeles, Ed Charles, the editor of the World Can’t Wait’s Spanish website (with a Spanish poster), calls on him to close the prison without further delay.

Today, Jan. 20, 2021, the day of the inauguration of Joe Biden as president, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,950 days, and, in California, Dorrine Marshall calls on him to close the prison without further delay.

Today, Jan. 20, 2021, the day of the inauguration of Joe Biden as president, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,950 days, and, in California, Albert Valencia calls on him to close the prison without further delay.

Today, Jan. 20, 2021, the day of the inauguration of Joe Biden as president, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 6,950 days, and, in Park Forest, Illinois, Robert Kolkebeck says, "The Democrats are in control of congress and the White House. Let's see them show us they're a little different from Trump and the GOP."

On Jan. 11, 2021, the 19th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, former prisoner Mansoor Adayfi urges President-elect Joe Biden to close it without further delay when he takes office in nine days' time.

On Jan. 11, 2021, the 19th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Susan McLucas, in Somerville, MA, says, "I am so ashamed of my country, letting Guantánamo remain in place so long. If we can't charge and try people, we have to let them go! It will be generations before our reputation will recover from this."

On Jan. 11, 2021, the 19th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Close Guantánamo co-founder Andy Worthington says, "Joe Biden, the world is watching. In nine days’ time, when you take over from Donald Trump, the shame that is Guantánamo will be your responsibility, and you must finish what President Obama tried but failed to do when you were his Vice President — close Guantánamo once and for all. It is doable. You have control of Congress; all you need now is the political will to do the right thing, and to remove this terrible stain on the US’s efforts to portray itself as a country that respects the rule of law."

On Jan. 11, 2021, the 19th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, James Yee, the former Muslim chaplain at Guantánamo, who was imprisoned on baseless charges of being a spy in 2003-04, urges President-elect Joe Biden to close it without further delay when he takes office in nine days' time.

On Jan. 11, 2021, the 19th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Nancy Murray, in the U.S., urges President-elect Joe Biden to close it without further delay when he takes office in nine days' time.

On Jan. 11, 2021, the 19th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Steve Lane, in Bethesda, Maryland, says, "President-elect Biden, in a few days you will have the opportunity to put a stop to the 19 years of suffering we have inflicted on the men imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay, without trial or even charge. Please close that symbol of injustice as soon as you can."

On Jan. 11, 2021, the 19th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Natalia Rivera Scott, in Mexico City (with a Spanish poster), urges President-elect Joe Biden to close it without further delay when he takes office in nine days' time.

On Jan. 11, 2021, the 19th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Ed Charles in Los Angeles (also with a Spanish poster) urges President-elect Joe Biden to close it without further delay when he takes office in nine days' time.

On Jan. 11, 2021, the 19th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Ken Jones of Witness Against Torture urges President-elect Joe Biden to close it without further delay when he takes office in nine days' time.

On Jan. 11, 2021, the 19th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, William Hudon, Professor of History at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA, urges President-elect Joe Biden to close it without further delay when he takes office in nine days' time.

On Jan. 11, 2021, the 19th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Brian Terrell urges President-elect Joe Biden to close it without further delay when he takes office in nine days' time, and says, "Friends, at Andy’s request, my photo taken in Maloy, Iowa USA."

On Jan. 11, 2021, the 19th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Judith Kelly, in Arlington, Virginia, urges President-elect Joe Biden to close it without further delay when he takes office in nine days' time

On Jan. 11, 2021, the 19th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Timothy Lind, in Three Rivers, MI, urges President-elect Joe Biden to close it without further delay when he takes office in nine days' time.

On Jan. 11, 2021, the 19th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Dorrine Marshall, in California, urges President-elect Joe Biden to close it without further delay when he takes office in nine days' time.

On Jan. 11, 2021, the 19th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Albert Valencia, in California, urges President-elect Joe Biden to close it without further delay when he takes office in nine days' time.

On Jan. 11, 2021, the 19th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Robert Kolkebeck in Park Forest, Illinois urges President-elect Joe Biden to close it without further delay when he takes office in nine days' time.