Hours after President Barack Obama signed into law a defense bill that continues to thwart closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, a group of human rights activists is staging a vigil and fast at its gates to say \u0022the whole prison must shut down.\u0022Under the banner \u0022Forced-Feeding, Not Feasting at Guantanamo,\u0022 the Thanksgiving Day action outside of the base in Cuba by 14 members of Witness Against Torture aims to put a spotlight on the men who continue to suffer unjust detention and the continued practice of force-feedings of hunger striking prisoners at \u0022the site of one of our country’s greatest shames.\u0022\u0022Our actions are a simple act of solidarity,\u0022 Chris Knestrick from Cleveland, Ohio said in a media statement. \u0022We are here to say: We know you are suffering; we have come to stand with you.\u0022In addition to closing the prison, the group says the U.S. military needs to shut down entirely its naval base in Cuba.\u0022The military base itself is an unwelcome symbol of U.S. power, which houses a torture chamber,\u0022 said New York artist Enmanuel Candelario. \u0022No country should endure this breach of its sovereignty.\u0022The group\u0026#039;s current visit to Guantanamo marks their second; their initial trip was a decade ago. \u0022We are impatient,\u0022 said Frank Lopez, an educator from New York City. \u0022That is the understatement of the century,\u0022 he said, noting that though a few of the detainees have been freed and despite Obama\u0026#039;s pledge in 2008 to close the prison, 47 men who\u0026#039;ve been cleared for release still languish there. \u0022The whole prison must shut down,\u0022 he said.The action was met with praise by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), which has represented current and former Guantanamo detainees.Aliya Hana Hussain, Advocacy Program Manager for the Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative at CCR, writes Thursday, \u0022In a place designed to dehumanize everyone it touches, this simple act of compassion has real power.\u0022\u0022In the absence of their own homecoming, these activists are bringing humanity to the prisoners,\u0022 she writes, noting thatThe protest comes at a significant moment. The Obama administration is finalizing its plan to close Guantánamo, which will likely involve bringing a number of prisoners to the United States for continued detention without charge. Like us at CCR, the activists with Witness Against Torture know that it is the barbaric practice of indefinite detention, the selective denial of due process for Muslim men, that needs to end. [...]With the Obama administration entering its last year, we are coming to a critical juncture in the history of the prison. It is not just the President’s legacy that is on the line; the lives of men like our clients Tariq Ba Odah, Fahd Ghazy, Mohammed Al Hamiri and Ghaleb Al-Bihani hang in the balance. Today, as I gather with friends and family, I will give thanks for not being alone in this effort, for having allies like Witness Against Torture who will continue to stand up to the injustice of indefinite detention no matter where it takes place.