WASHINGTON - November 1 -
WHO: Center for Constitutional Rights, Muslim American Society, Answer Coalition, Amnesty International, Black Voices for Peace, Pax Christi, National Black Leadership Conference Roundtable, TASSC, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Reverent Grayland Hagler (United Church of Christ), Human Rights Activist and Religious Leaders.
WHAT: Since early 2002, the men held at Guantanamo Bay have waged desperate life threatening hunger strikes to protest their detention without trial and the conditions under which they have been kept. The current hunger strike, which began in August 2005, has involved the participation of over half of the estimated 540 prisoners still there. Many are now prepared to die if they do not receive a fair hearing or humane treatment. Participants are calling for the following:
-- Give the detainees a fair hearing and immediately release those who have committed no crime.
-- Provide adequate food, water, shelter, medical treatment and the observance of religious practices.
-- Provide to families and legal counsel timely reports on the health status of detainees, especially those participating in the hunger strike.
-- Provide independent investigators (domestic and international) access to all detainees.
WHEN: Tuesday November 1, 2005
Noon vigil from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
WHERE: U.S. Justice Department, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (Navy Memorial station on the green line)
The Freedom Foundation is the public affairs arm of the Muslim American Society (MAS), a national grassroots religious, social, and educational organization. MAS is America's largest grassroots Muslim organization with over 50 chapters nationwide. Learn more at http://www.masnet.org