Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

For Immediate Release

Press Release

Trump’s Guantánamo Executive Order Undermines American Values

WASHINGTON -

In his State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, President Trump announced he had signed a new Executive Order to overturn the US Government’s commitment to close the Guantánamo Bay detention center which has been in place since January 2009.

There are currently 41 men who remain detained in Guantánamo. Reprieve assists 8 of them—none of whom have been charged with a crime or offered a fair trial. The new Executive Order is expected to leave the remaining men in limbo indefinitely, with no access to any means of proving their innocence or returning to their families.

Responding, Reprieve Deputy Director, Katie Taylor said:

“President Trump talks loudly about making America great, but with the stroke of a pen he has fundamentally undermined the American value of justice enshrined in the first line of the Constitution. Even Guantánamo’s creator, George W. Bush eventually recognized it was counter-productive and nothing more than a “propaganda tool” for enemies of the US. Members of Congress and political leaders should oppose this Order and work together to insist those currently detained indefinitely are charged or released

“A country does not become great by shutting its ears to the views of its close allies. Leaders in Europe and elsewhere have vocally opposed Guantánamo over many years and President Trump should be listening to their principled and strategic concerns. If he hasn’t heard them yet, then American’s partners need to repeat their opposition to this island torture chamber, and loudly, until he understands how damaging this move will be.”

###

Reprieve is a UK-based human rights organization that uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners, from death row to Guantánamo Bay.

'I Think He Should Resign': Biden Joins Chorus of Demands for Cuomo to Step Down

Calls for the New York Democratic governor's ouster are growing after an investigation found that he sexually harassed multiple women in violation of state and federal law.

Jessica Corbett ·


Cori Bush, Progressive Lawmakers and Activists Hailed for New CDC Eviction Moratorium

"I think the message here today is clear," said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. "It's that everyday people can make a change. We can always demand better."

Brett Wilkins ·


As Biden Touts 110+ Million Vaccine Donations to the World, US Urged to Go Much Further

"The president has said that the U.S. will serve as a vaccine arsenal for the world," said one campaigner. "Ten thousand people die each day waiting for ambitious action to match this vision."

Jessica Corbett ·


'Give the Money Back,' Demands Tlaib After Revelation of $1 Million Donation to House Dems From Real Estate Titan

The seven-figure contribution to the House Majority PAC came weeks before Congress let the federal eviction moratorium expire.

Brett Wilkins ·


NYC to Become First US City to Mandate Proof of Vaccination for Certain Indoor Activities

New Yorkers will need to show proof of vaccination to enter restaurants, gyms, and theaters starting next month.

Julia Conley ·