For Immediate Release

Contact: 

AIUSA media office, 202-544-0200 x302, lspann@aiusa.org

Amnesty International USA

Amnesty International Guantanamo Cell Replica Media Availability in St. Louis Friday, October 24, from 11:00 a.m. to Noon

Executive Director Will Discuss Human Rights Organization’s Concerns at the Last 2008 Stop of its National Tour

ST. LOUIS, MO - Amnesty International USA's
(AIUSA) executive director Larry Cox will hold a media availability to
discuss the organization's human rights concerns with the U.S.-controlled
detention facility at Guantanamo Bay on Friday, October 24, from 11:00
a.m. to noon.  
He will be at AIUSA's life-size Guantanamo prison
cell replica exhibit at the Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel Parking Lot
(10330 Natural Bridge Road). The exhibit will be open to the public beginning
Friday, October 24 through Sunday, October 26.   St. Louis is the
last stop in 2008 of AIUSA's national Guantanamo cell replica tour.

Visitors are encouraged to experience the
cell and push the Bush administration to shut down Guantanamo. People may
tour the cell and record a 30-second reaction video that will be posted
on youtube.com and AIUSA's tearitdown.org, as well as sign the global
petition to shut Guantanamo down. On the outside of the cell are large
LCD screens showing a timeline of illegal U.S. detentions and torture,
as well as related facts and quotes.

The cell is a replica of a Camp 5 cell. It
brings to life the harsh realities of illegal detention to concerned citizens
and highlights the human rights violations that Guantanamo symbolizes.
The cell includes a steel toilet, florescent lights and a sliding metal
door. Detainees reported being held in isolation in similar cells for as
long as 23 hours.

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Previous stops along AIUSA's national cell
replica tour include Miami, Philadelphia, Portland (ME), Washington (DC),
Denver, St. Paul and Los Angeles.

EVENT:        
Media Availability with AIUSA's Executive Director, Larry Cox

DATE:        
Friday, October 24, from 11:00 a.m. to noon

LOCATION:        
Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel Parking Lot
10330 Natural Bridge Road
St. Louis, MO 63134

 

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