Obama says there is “no justification” for not closing Guantanamo

aus einem Rundbrief von Amesty International USA:

President Obama announced concrete steps to close Guantanamo yesterday, including transferring detainees who have been cleared to go to other countries. Tell Obama to turn his words into action and transfer Shaker Aamer today.

Shaker Aamer has spent over 11 years in Guantanamo. He has not been charged with any crime, and in fact has been cleared for transfer twice.

The British government has repeatedly asked that Shaker be released and returned to the UK, but those calls have gone unanswered.

There is no time like the present — tell Obama to transfer Shaker Aamer today.

Shaker is not alone. There are 166 detainees in Guantanamo: dozens have been cleared for transfer. More than half are on a hunger strike. Dozens are being shackled and force fed through tubes to keep them alive as the strike continues into its 4th month.

All detainees in Guantanamo Bay have the right to be fairly tried or released.

kristine, Guantanamo Bay is a place where human rights are denied day after day. And all of this has been done in the name of keeping us “safe.”

President Obama can show he is serious about closing Guantanamo by moving forward with transfers today. He has the authority to do so under current law.

Amnesty activists like you have accomplished amazing feats — and there is no reason to let up now. Your emails, phone calls, rallies, and tweets are working. You are generating critical public pressure, and we need to dial it up — we are closer than ever to sending Shaker Aamer home and closing Guantanamo for good.


Zeke Johnson
Director, Security with Human Rights Campaign
Amnesty International USA

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