Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Justice for Guantanamo Prisoners

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Justice for Guantanamo Prisoners

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MEMBERS OF Witness Against Torture (WAT) held a Jan. 11 rally in front of the White House to protest the lack of progress toward justice for Guantanamo detainees since President Barack Obama took office. Speakers announced a 12-Day "Fast for Justice" in Washington, DC, ending on Jan. 22-the Obama administration's self-declared, and now-voided, deadline for closing Guantanamo.

Protesters, many of them wearing orange jumpsuits and black hoods, demanded that Obama keep his campaign promises to close Guantanamo prison and to end torture. After a street theater performance, demonstrators held a large "Close Guantanamo" banner as a backdrop for speakers. The human rights activists also said they oppose "any plans for holding prisoners without charge or trial in the U.S. and denounced the White House's expansion of [the Bush-Cheney administration style] detentions in Afghanistan."

Following the rally, protesters, clad in the orange jumpsuits, walked in a solemn procession to the National Press Club to participate in a public briefing organized in conjunction with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). …

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