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Jen Nessel, Center for Constitutional Rights, jnessel@ccrjustice.org 

Close Guantánamo, End Torture

January 11 Rally in D.C. to Demand Closure of Detention Camp

WASHINGTON - On the 18th anniversary of the Guantánamo Bay detention camp, Witness Against Torture, Amnesty International USA, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, and others will join together to rally for justice and demand the closure of Guantánamo and accountability for torture. They will march in procession from Lafayette Square to the Trump International Hotel.

More than a decade after they were brought to Guantánamo, 40 men remain detained there, including five who have been approved by the U.S. government for transfer out of the detention camp. Most of the men have never been charged or convicted of any crime.

At the same time, more than a decade after the end of the CIA torture program, the full Senate Intelligence Committee Report on torture is still classified, and people who actively participated in the program, like CIA Director Gina Haspel, have not only not faced accountability, but instead been promoted to high positions in government.

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WHAT: Rally to close Guantánamo

WHAT ELSE: Demonstrators wearing orange jumpsuits, ten coffins in a funeral procession, nine coffins for the nine men who have died at Guantánamo, and one coffin to represent the fact that without a change in the status quo Guantánamo will become a death sentence.

WHEN: Saturday, January 11, at 1 p.m. EST 

WHERE: Lafayette Square, marching to the Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C.

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