For Immediate Release

Organization Profile: 
Contact: 

Mariya Parodi, media@aiusa.org

Ahead of Defense Department Recommendation Deadline, Amnesty International USA Calls for Closure of Guantanamo Bay Prison

WASHINGTON - Ahead of the April 30 deadline for the Defense Department to comment on President Trump’s January order to allow the prison at Guantanamo Bay to remain open, Daphne Eviatar, Director of Security with Human Rights at Amnesty International USA stated:

“Each day that this administration keeps the prison at Guantanamo open is an affront to human life. The unlawful detentions of those currently there must not be permitted to continue. No more prisoners should be transferred there, all those cleared for transfer should be transferred out immediately, and those remaining should either have their day in federal court, or be released.

“The detainees are aging, many are sick and some are suffering from both the mental and physical effects of US torture, after being detained indefinitely for well over a decade, with no clear end in sight.

"Secretary Mattis may not have the power to eliminate this stain on U.S. history , but he can and must recommend that the shameful practice of indefinite detention at Guantanamo cease.”

This statement is available at: https://www.amnestyusa.org/press-releases/ahead-of-defense-department-recommendation-deadline-amnesty-international-usa-for-closure-of-guantanamo-bay-prison/

Follow Amnesty International USA and Amnesty International USA Media on Twitter.

 

###

FRIENDS: Help Us Fight

Independent journalism has become the last firewall against government and corporate lies. Yet, with frightening regularity, independent media sources are losing funding, closing down or being blacked out by Google and Facebook. Never before has independent media been more endangered. If you believe in Common Dreams, if you believe in people-powered independent media, please support us now and help us fight—with truths—against the lies that would smother our democracy. Please help keep Common Dreams alive and growing. Thank you. -- Craig Brown, Co-founder

Support Common DreamsSupport Common Dreams

We are people from across the world standing up for humanity and human rights. Our purpose is to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. We investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilize the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world.

Share This Article