End 20 Years Of Injustice

Gitmo Clock 2022 photos

Jan. 11, 2022 marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of the shameful prison at Guantánamo Bay, and throughout the year campaigners calling for its closure are taking part in our ongoing photo campaign, taking photos of themselves with posters marking every additional 100 days of the prison's existence, as well as other posters marking key events in the prison's history. The first posters marked 7,300 days (on Jan. 5), and 7,306 days (on Jan. 11), and others are available throughout the year. Please send photos to info@closeguantanamo.org.
The posters can be found on the Gitmo Clock website, an offshoot of the Close Guantánamo campaign, which measures in real time how long Guantánamo has been open.

Today, April 15, 2022, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 7,400 days, and former Guantánamo prisoner and author Mansoor Adayfi calls on President Biden to close the prison without further delay.

Today, April 15, 2022, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 7,400 days, and Close Guantánamo co-founder Andy Worthington says to President Biden, "Since we last marked how long Guantánamo had been open — on Jan. 11, the 20th anniversary of the prison’s opening — we’re pleased to note that you have released two more men from the disgraceful legal limbo that is Guantánamo. But you need to do much more, and you need to do it as urgently as possible. 19 of the remaining 37 prisoners have been approved for release, and there is no good reason why they are still held. Please arrange for their release as swiftly as possible."

April 15, 2022 marked the 7,400th day of the existence of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, and Dyani Tisdol, in Somerville, Massachusetts, calls on President Biden to close the prison without further delay.

April 15, 2022 marked the 7,400th day of the existence of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, and Susan McLucas, in Somerville, Massachusetts, says, "I am so outraged and ashamed of this country for allowing this lawless place, Guantánamo, to go on for over 20 years! Hopefully the trickle will become a flood of people leaving Guantánamo. Let them enjoy the spring wherever they came from!"

Today, April 15, 2022, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 7,400 days, and Lesley Robins, in Whitstable, in Kent, calls on President Biden to close the prison without further delay. Lesley attended a talk on Guantánamo by our co-founder Andy Worthington at Whitstable Labour Club last weekend, and she said of that event, "Thank you so much for sharing all of your information on Guantánamo Bay at the Labour Club. It was very harrowing. My brain just can't comprehend what's going on there!!! In the name of justice, with no thought to human rights and the horror of torture the prisoners are suffering makes me want to weep. I'm so glad I got to hear your talk."

Today, April 15, 2022, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 7,400 days, and Rick Fieldwick, in the U.K., calls on President Biden to close the prison without further delay. Rick recently attended a speaking event featuring former prisoner Mohamedou Ould Salahi and our co-founder Andy Worthington, and says, "Having recently attended an evening with Mohamedou and Andy at Brighton University I had to respond when I received your email. Good luck!"

Today, April 15, 2022, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 7,400 days, and, in Mexico, Natalia Rivera Scott calls on President Biden to close the prison without further delay.

Today, April 15, 2022, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 7,400 days, and Steve Lane, in Bethesda, Maryland says to President Biden, "We are happy that you have released 3 detainees from our Guantánamo Bay prison camp. However, even one man held there, in violation of U.S. ideals and principals, is one too many. In a letter to a military court on 29 October, 2021, concerning former prisoner Majid Khan’s treatment, seven of the members of the panel in charge of his sentencing said, 'Mr. Khan has been held without the basic due process under the U.S. Constitution. Specifically, he was held without charge or legal representation for nine years until 2012, and held without final sentencing until October 2021. Although designated an "alien unprivileged enemy belligerent," and not technically afforded the rights of U.S. citizens, the complete disregard for the fundamental concepts upon which the Constitution was founded is an affront to American values and concept of justice. Mr. Khan was subjected to physical and psychological abuse well beyond approved enhanced interrogation techniques, instead being closer to torture performed by the most abusive regimes in modern history. This abuse was of no practical value in terms of intelligence, or any other tangible benefit to U.S. interests. Instead, it is a stain on the moral fiber of America; the treatment of Mr. Khan in the hands of U.S. personnel should be a source of shame for the U.S. government.' Mr. Khan one of many prisoners at Guantánamo Bay whom we have tortured and imprisoned without charge or trial. Please stand up for American values by releasing them all."

Today, April 15, 2022, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 7,400 days, and Ed Charles, the editor of the World Can’t Wait’s Spanish website, in Oakland, California, calls on President Biden to close the prison without further delay.

Today, April 15, 2022, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 7,400 days, and William V. Hudon, professor of history at Bloomsburg University, in Pennsylvania, calls on President Biden to close the prison without further delay.

Today, April 15, 2022, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 7,400 days, and Dorrine Marshall in Irvine, California calls on President Biden to close the prison without further delay.

Today, April 15, 2022, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 7,400 days, and Albert Valencia in Irvine, California calls on President Biden to close the prison without further delay.

Today, April 15, 2022, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 7,400 days, and Dr. Patrick O’Dougherty calls on President Biden to close the prison without further delay.

Today, January 11, 2022, is the 20th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, and legendary musician and human rights activist Roger Waters calls on President Biden to close the prison without further delay.

Today, January 11, 2022, is the 20th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, and former Guantánamo prisoner and author Mansoor Adayfi calls on President Biden to close the prison without further delay.

Mohamedou Ould Slahi, former Guantánamo prisoner, torture victim and acclaimed author, marks 7,306 days of Guantánamo’s existence on January 11, 2022, the 20th anniversary of the opening of the prison, and calls on President Biden to close it without further delay.

Former Guantánamo prisoner Abd Al-Malik, who was released in Montenegro in 2016 after 14 years’ imprisonment without charge or trial, took this photo on Jan. 1, 2022, when the prison had been open for 7,296 days, but we’ve only just been sent it by Mansoor Adayfi, and thought it was worth including here. One of the artists included in "Ode to the Sea: Art from Guantánamo", an exhibition at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York in 2017-18, he has a website here.

Marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo on Jan. 11, 2022, Farrah Hassen wrote, "I am proud to join other human rights advocates in this important campaign. Attached is a photo of myself for the January 11 Gitmo Clock. I am an adjunct professor in California who teaches an undergraduate course on international law. The prison at Guantánamo, with its barbarous treatment of detainees and their unlawful indefinite detention without charge, drove me to dedicate my career to promoting human rights. It should never have reached its shameful twentieth anniversary. My hope is that it provokes others to speak out as well, beginning with calling on President Biden to close the prison without delay, followed by pursuing accountability for decades of human rights abuses. It is time to turn the page once and for all on this sordid chapter in America’s history."

Today, January 11, 2022, is the 20th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, and journalist, activist and Close Guantánamo co-founder Andy Worthington calls on President Biden to close the prison without further delay.

John McDonnell, the Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington, and the Shadow Chancellor from 2015 to 2020, calls on President Biden to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay on Jan. 11, 2022, the 20th anniversary of its opening. John is a longtime opponent of Guantánamo’s existence, and set up the Shaker Aamer Parliamentary Group back in November 2014, which helped to secure the release from the prison of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison, in October 2015, along with the Save Shaker Aamer Campaign, and We Stand With Shaker, the group that our co-founder Andy Worthington set up with activist Joanne MacInnes, which involved persuading celebrities and MPs to have their photos taken with a giant inflatable figure of Shaker.

Imam Sulaiman Ghani, who has a long history of involvement with human rights issues, including campaigning for Shaker Aamer, calls on President Biden to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay on Jan. 11, 2022, the 20th anniversary of its opening.

Sara Birch, the Convenor of the Guantánamo Network, calls on President Biden to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay on Jan. 11, 2022, the 20th anniversary of its opening. The Guantánamo Network is a coalition of groups that includes members of various Amnesty International groups, the Close Guantánamo campaign, two long-running London-based Guantánamo groups (the Guantánamo Justice Campaign and the London Guantánamo Campaign), and Freedom From Torture. Sara is also part of the Lewes Amnesty Group, and under her energetic leadership Lewes has become something of an epicentre for Guantánamo activism.

Kevin Macdonald, the director of the feature film 'The Mauritanian', about torture victim, Guantánamo prisoner and author Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who read out a message from Mohamedou at the London rally for the closure of the prison on Jan. 8, calls on President Biden to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay on Jan. 11, 2022, the 20th anniversary of its opening.

Marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo on Jan. 11, 2022, Anna Fauzy-Ackroyd in the U.K. says, "Close Guantánamo today! 20 years overdue!"

Marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo on Jan. 11, 2022, Natalia Rivera Scott, in Mexico City, calls on President Biden to close the prison without further delay.

Marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo on Jan. 11, 2022, Beth Brockman of Witness Against Torture calls on President Biden to close the prison without further delay.

Marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo on Jan. 11, 2022, Elizabeth Miller, Rule of Law Fellow with September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, calls on President Biden to close the prison without further delay.

Marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo on Jan. 11, 2022, Sherrill Hogen of Witness Against Torture calls on President Biden to close the prison without further delay.

Marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo on Jan. 11, 2022, Dr. Dottie Morris, in Massachusetts, calls on President Biden to close the prison without further delay.

Marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo on Jan. 11, 2022, Janet Brocklehurst, in Massachusetts, calls on President Biden to close the prison without further delay.

Marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo on Jan. 11, 2022, Paki Wieland of Witness Against Torture, in Massachusetts, calls on President Biden to close the prison without further delay.

Marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo on Jan. 11, 2022, Clare Carter sent this photo of three Buddhist monks calling on President Biden to close the prison without further delay.

Helen Schietinger of Witness Against Torture calls on President Biden to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay without further delay, at a protest outside the White House on January 11, 2022, the 20th anniversary of the prison’s opening.

Matt Daloisio, Frida Berrigan and Art Laffin of Witness Against Torture call on President Biden to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay without further delay, at a protest outside the White House on January 11, 2022, the 20th anniversary of the prison’s opening.

Steve Lane, a longtime supporter of the Close Guantánamo campaign, was photographed at a protest outside the White House on January 11, 2022, the 20th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, and says, "President Biden, our prison camp at Guantánamo Bay was opened twenty years ago, on January 11, 2002. Some men have been imprisoned there for its entire two decades of existence, despite never having been convicted of a crime, or even charged with one. Even one more day is too many for this symbol of injustice and hypocrisy to continue to wreck those men’s lives for no reason. Please do the right thing for them, and for the United States, by closing the Guantánamo Bay prison camp."

Maria Oswalt and Herb Geraghty from Rehumanize International call on President Biden to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay without further delay, at a protest outside the White House on January 11, 2022, the 20th anniversary of the prison’s opening.

Neil Cousins from Alexandria, Va. calls on President Biden to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay without further delay, at a protest outside the White House on January 11, 2022, the 20th anniversary of the prison’s opening.

Janice Sevre-Duszynska, from Baltimore, calls on President Biden to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay without further delay, at a protest outside the White House on January 11, 2022, the 20th anniversary of the prison’s opening.

Max Obuszewski, from Baltimore, and another campaigner, call on President Biden to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay without further delay, at a protest outside the White House on January 11, 2022, the 20th anniversary of the prison’s opening.

Milton Santos, from Miami, calls on President Biden to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay without further delay, at a protest outside the White House on January 11, 2022, the 20th anniversary of the prison’s opening.

Marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo on Jan. 11, 2022, Léonce Byimana, Executive Director of the Torture Abolition and Survivors Coalition (TASSC.org), in Washington, D.C., calls on President Biden to close the prison without further delay.

Marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo on Jan. 11, 2022, Jon Krampner of Los Angeles, stylishly attired in a t-shirt featuring the Mark Bryan painting 'The Mad Tea Party,' reminds President Biden that U.S. crimes associated with Guantánamo include kidnapping, arrest without charge, imprisonment without trial, torture and murder. By closing Guantánamo, President Biden can help the U.S. turn a page from one of the most disgraceful chapters in its history.

Marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo on Jan. 11, 2022, Deanna Wolford calls on President Biden to close the prison without further delay.

Marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo on Jan. 11, 2022, Kai Sanburn in Lopez Island, Washington calls on President Biden to close the prison without further delay.

Marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo on Jan. 11, 2022, Christopher Spicer-Hankle of Witness Against Torture on President Biden to close the prison without further delay. Check out his article, "Closing Guantánamo: 2021 in Review."

Marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo on Jan. 11, 2022, William V. Hudon, a professor of history at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (USA), thanks Senators Durbin, Klobuchar, Blumenthal and Hirono for their honest, empathetic questioning of witnesses at the recent Judiciary Committee hearings. On this terrible anniversary, he urges President Biden to follow their courageous calls —plus those of groups like September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows — to SHUT DOWN GUANTÁNAMO, now.

Lise Rossi, Amnesty International’s UK Coordinator for North America (and part of the Guantánamo Network) calls on President Biden to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay on Jan. 11, 2022, the 20th anniversary of its opening.

Steve Crawshaw, the Director of Policy and Advocacy at Freedom From Torture (part of the Guantánamo Network), calls on President Biden to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay on Jan. 11, 2022, the 20th anniversary of its opening.

Noel Hamel of the London Guantánamo Campaign (part of the Guantánamo Network) calls on President Biden to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay on Jan. 11, 2022. the 20th anniversary of its opening.

Dave Ebester of the Guantánamo Justice Campaign (part of the Guantánamo Network) calls on President Biden to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay on Jan. 11, 2022, the 20th anniversary of its opening.

Hugh Sandeman, a member of Amnesty International and of the Guantánamo Network, calls on President Biden to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay on Jan. 11, 2022, the 20th anniversary of its opening.

Alexis Hatto, Amnesty International’s Activism Representative for London (and part of the Guantánamo Network) calls on President Biden to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay on Jan. 11, 2022, the 20th anniversary of its opening.

David Burke, the Secretary of the Lewes Amnesty Group (and part of the Guantánamo Network) calls on President Biden to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay on Jan. 11, 2022, the 20th anniversary of its opening.

Paul Rooke, bassist with The Four Fathers, calls for the closure of the prison at Guantánamo Bay on January 11, 2022, the 20th anniversary of its opening, when the band released a live video of 'Forever Prisoner', a new song written by lead singer Andy Worthington, about Khaled Qassim, who has been held without charge or trial at Guantánamo for nearly 20 years, and has just, shamefully, had his ongoing imprisonment approved by a review board.

Richard Clare, guitarist with The Four Fathers, calls for the closure of the prison at Guantánamo Bay on January 11, 2022, the 20th anniversary of its opening, when the band released a live video of 'Forever Prisoner', a new song written by lead singer Andy Worthington, about Khaled Qassim, who has been held without charge or trial at Guantánamo for nearly 20 years, and has just, shamefully, had his ongoing imprisonment approved by a review board.

Andrew Fifield, harmonica and flute player with The Four Fathers, calls for the closure of the prison at Guantánamo Bay on January 11, 2022, the 20th anniversary of its opening, when the band released a live video of 'Forever Prisoner', a new song written by lead singer Andy Worthington, about Khaled Qassim, who has been held without charge or trial at Guantánamo for nearly 20 years, and has just, shamefully, had his ongoing imprisonment approved by a review board.

Isaac Macdonald, one of the sons of Kevin Macdonald, the director of 'The Mauritanian', about Mohamedou Ould Slahi, and one of the film's producers call for the closure of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, on the 20th anniversary of its opening, at the London protest for the closure of the prison on January 8.

Deepa Govindarajan Driver, campaigner for the release of Julian Assange, calls for the closure of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, on the 20th anniversary of its opening, at the London protest for the closure of the prison on January 8.

Emmy Butlin, of the Committee to Defend Julian Assange, calls for the closure of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, on the 20th anniversary of its opening, at the London protest for the closure of the prison on January 8. Emmy is holding up a poster focusing on the importance of the Guantánamo files released by WikiLeaks in 2011.

Human rights campaigner David Harrold calls for the closure of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, on the 20th anniversary of its opening, at the London protest for the closure of the prison on January 8.

Paul, of the Committee to Defend Julian Assange, calls for the closure of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, on the 20th anniversary of its opening, at the London protest for the closure of the prison on January 8.

Campaigner Katrina calls for the closure of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, on the 20th anniversary of its opening, at the London protest for the closure of the prison on January 8.

81-year old campaigner Julie Etter calls for the closure of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, on the 20th anniversary of its opening, at the London protest for the closure of the prison on January 8.

Lesley Marshall, in the U.K., calls for the closure of the prison at Guantánamo Bay on January 11, 2022, the 20th anniversary of its opening.

Marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo on Jan. 11, 2022, Ed Charles, the editor of the World Can’t Wait’s Spanish website, in Oakland, California, calls on President Biden to close the prison without further delay.

Marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo on Jan. 11, 2022, Dorrine Marshall, in Irvine, California, calls on President Biden to close the prison without further delay.

Marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo on Jan. 11, 2022, Albert Valencia, in Irvine, California, calls on President Biden to close the prison without further delay.

Marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo on Jan. 11, 2022, Marie-Thérèse Dervaux in France sent these two photos, calling on President Biden to close the prison without further delay.

Marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo on Jan. 11, 2022, Mari Serraris, a sculptor in in the Netherlands, calls on President Biden to close the prison without further delay.

Today, Jan. 11, 2022, marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantánamo Bay — that's 7,306 days — and Nancy Talanian, photographed at a protest in Greenfield, in western Massachusetts, on Saturday Jan. 8, calls on President Biden to close it without further delay. Nancy is the founder of No More Guantánamos, and is also holding up a poster featuring Hassan bin Attash, one of 12 "forever prisoners" held at Guantánamo, who have never been charged with a crime, and have not been approved for release either. Hassan was just 17 years old when he was seized in a house raid in Pakistan in 2002, and was held and tortured in CIA "black sites" before his arrival at Guantánamo in September 2004. Below are 17 more photos of campaigners, all taken at the protest on Jan. 8.

Marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo on Jan. 11, 2022, Robert Kolkebeck, in Park Forest, Illinois says, "With over 20 years of shame gone by, future presidents will still have opportunities to make ceremonial apologies for Guantánamo like they do for Japanese internment camps, lynching, denial of voting rights, invasions based on lies, and so many other tragic US policies. President Biden, close Guantánamo NOW!"

Marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo on Jan. 11, 2022, Gavin Toohey calls on President Biden to close the prison without further delay.

On Jan. 5, 2022, the prison at Guantánamo Bay had been open for 7,300 days, and former prisoner Mansoor Adayfi, author of the acclaimed memoir, "Don't Forget Us Here: Lost and Found at Guantánamo," calls on President Biden to close it without further delay.

Today, Jan. 5, 2022, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 7,300 days, and Andy Worthington, journalist, activist, and the co-founder of the Close Guantánamo campaign, says to President Biden, "How did this happen? It’s nearly a year since you took office, and yet you have only released one prisoner, even though 13 others — out of the 39 men still held — have been approved for release by high-level U.S. government review processes. Eight of these men have been approved for release since you took office, and yet none of them have been freed. Approving men for release means nothing unless they are actually freed. In six days’ time, Guantánamo will have been open for 20 years. This is a truly shameful anniversary, and yet, despite making noises about wanting to close the prison, you and your administration have done nothing to demonstrate that you actually mean it. Please show some courage. Release the men approved for release, and announce how you intend to close the prison once and for all."

Today, Jan. 5, 2022, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 7,300 days, and Natalia Rivera Scott, in Mexico City, says to President Biden, "Please do the right thing this time and end this era of torture and indefinite detention. Close Guantánamo."

On Jan. 5, 2022, the prison at Guantánamo Bay had been open for 7,300 days, and, in the U.S., Julie Alley, a campaigner with Witness Against Torture, calls on President Biden to close it without further delay.

Today, Jan. 5, 2022, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 7,300 days, and Steve Lane, in Bethesda, Maryland, says, "President Biden, our prison camp at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 7,300 days now. Even one day is too many for this symbol of injustice and hypocrisy to exist. It is horribly expensive in terms of dollars — $13 million per year per prisoner. It also damages our position in the world, where it is a recruiting tool for terrorists, who correctly say that don’t really mean that 'all men are created equal', in our Declaration of Independence, or we would try those men in court, and release them if they were found not guilty, as most of them are. Please do the right thing for them, and for the United States, by closing the Guantánamo Bay prison camp."

Today, Jan. 5, 2022, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 7,300 days, and William Hudon, a professor of history at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, calls on President Biden to close it without further delay.

On Jan. 5, 2022, the prison at Guantánamo Bay had been open for 7,300 days, and Ed Charles, the editor of the World Can’t Wait’s Spanish website, in Oakland, California, calls on President Biden to close it without further delay.

Today, Jan. 5, 2022, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 7,300 days, and Robert Kolkebeck, in Park Forest, Illinois, calls on President Biden to close it without further delay.

Today, Jan. 5, 2022, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 7,300 days, and Dorrine Marshall, in Irvine, California, calls on President Biden to close it without further delay.

Today, Jan. 5, 2022, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 7,300 days, and Albert Valencia, in Irvine, California, calls on President Biden to close it without further delay.

Today, Jan. 5, 2022, the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been open for 7,300 days, and Misty the cat, in Irvine, California, says, "Cats of America Unite. Close it!!!"