For Immediate Release

CCR, Rights Groups Oppose Thomson IL Correctional Center Purchase, Use for Indefinite Detention Without Charge or Trial

NEW YORK - On April 8, 2010, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and
the Alliance for Justice; American Civil Liberties Union; Amnesty
International USA; Government Accountability Project; Japanese American
Citizens League; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; and
Physicians for Human Rights submitted a memo to the U.S. Senate and
Congress opposing any legislation authorizing or appropriating federal
funds for the purchase of the Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson,
Illinois. The groups, which all strongly support the closing of
Guantanamo Bay, will oppose the purchase of the facility unless Congress
enacts a permanent ban on using the Thomson prison for indefinitely
detaining persons without charge or trial, or for holding persons during
military commission trials or for serving sentences imposed by military
commissions.  

CCR has led the legal battle over Guantanamo for the last eight years
- sending the first ever habeas attorney to the base and sending the
first attorney to meet with a former CIA "ghost detainee" there. CCR has
been responsible for organizing and coordinating more than 500 pro bono
lawyers across the country in order to represent the men at Guantánamo,
ensuring that nearly all have the option of legal representation. CCR
represented the detainees with co-counsel in the most recent argument
before the Supreme Court and is actively working to resettle
Guantánamo's refugees.

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