Witness Against Torture

Witness Against Torture is a grassroots movement that came into being in December 2005 when 24 activists walked to Guantanamo to visit the prisoners and condemn torture policies. Since then, it has engaged in public education, community outreach, and non-violent direct action. For the first 100 days of the Obama administration, the group held a daily vigil at the White House, encouraging the new President to uphold his commitments to shut down Guantanamo.

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Monday, January 11, 2016
Groups Gather Today at Noon at White House to Protest 14th Guantánamo Anniversary
Today, a coalition of human rights activists, torture survivors, Guantánamo attorneys, and members of diverse faith communities will hold a rally at the White House to mark the 14th anniversary of the first arrival of detainees at Guantánamo on January 11, 2002. The coalition is calling on the...
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Monday, October 06, 2014
Forced-Feeding is Torture! No Secret Courts!
On Monday, October 6 at 8:30 am, activists from Witness Against Torture, Code Pink, and other groups will demonstrate outside the US Federal District Court (333 Constitution Ave.) hearing the case of Guantanamo inmate Abu Wa’el Dhiab. Dhiab — held since 2002 and was cleared for release by the US...
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Friday, June 06, 2014
Witness Against Torture Calls on Obama and Congress to Redouble Efforts to Transfer Detained Men and Close Guantánamo; Condemns Partisan Calls to Keep GTMO Open
Activists from Witness Against Torture support the release of five men from Guantánamo to monitored residence in Qatar in exchange for the American POW Bowe Bergdahl. While freeing an American captive, the exchange advances the important goals of closing Guantánamo and helping Afghanistan achieve peace after the planned withdrawal of most US forces. The US must now expedite the release of the 78 detained men already cleared for transfer, plan for the transfer of others, and find a just resolution to the fate of all the men held at Guantánamo.
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Friday, January 10, 2014
Activists Fast & Rally in Washington, DC to Close the Torture Prison
January 11 marks the beginning of the thirteenth year of the operation of the US detention detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. Activists from throughout the country have gathered in Washington, D.C. this week to engage in street theatre, demonstrations, fasting, and direct action to demand that Guantanamo be closed immediately. As part of these activities, Witness Against Torture will gather today, Friday, January 10, at 12 noon at the White House.
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Thursday, October 17, 2013
US Activist to Undergo “Forced-Feeding” Outside Federal Court in Solidarity with Guantánamo Prisoners
WHEN: Friday, October 18, 11 am WHERE: US District Court - 333 Constitution Ave NW, Wash., D.C WHAT: Nasal Tube Feeding of Solidarity Hunger Striker Anti-torture activists will hold a nasal-tube feeding of a long term-faster to dramatize the abusive force-feeding of hunger strikers at Guantánamo and to protest indefinite detention at the prison. The feeding will take place at 11 am, following consideration at 9:30 am by a federal appeals court of a lawsuit arguing that force-feeding at Guantánamo is a violation of human rights and religious liberties.
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Starving for Justice: US Hunger Strikers and Human Rights Activists Rally on Wednesday, June 26 at White House To Demand Closure of Guantanamo Prison Camp
Weeks past President Obama’s speech announcing his renewed intention to close Guantanamo, human rights activists — including three US military veterans on open-ended fasts in solidarity with hunger striking Guantanamo detainees — will stage dramatic protests on Wednesday, June 26th at the White House calling on the President to turn his promise into action.
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Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Day 84 of the Guantanamo Hunger Strike
The dire hunger strike at Guantanamo - now in its 84th day - has forced again the issue of the prison's existence. Yesterday President Obama promised (again) to take action. At this crucial moment, with the lives of the hunger strikers in the balance, we need to apply all the pressure we can to turn that promise into a plan and that plan into action.
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Friday, April 26, 2013
Activists Pressure to Close Guantanamo as Hunger Strike Escalates and Senator Feinstein Calls for Restart of Transfers from the Prison
With the US military now acknowledging 94 hunger strikers at Guantanamo, Senator Diane Feinstein (D-California; Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee) has called on President Obama to restart the transfers of prisoners “cleared for release” to their homelands or third countries and urged removing the blanket ban on the repatriation of Yemeni prisoners. Responding to this dramatic development and the escalating hunger strike, US activists are intensifying their pressure on the Obama administration to resolve the hunger strike in a humane fashion and take decisive actio
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Monday, April 22, 2013
Arrests at Federal Courthouse in NYC as Hunger Strike at Guantanamo Widens
Responding to reports that 84 men — more than half of those imprisoned at the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay — are hunger striking to protest their indefinite detention, 12 concerned citizens with Witness Against Torture were arrested at approximately 3pm in a “die-in” on the steps of the Federal Courthouse at Manhattan’s Foley Square (40 Centre Street).
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Thursday, April 11, 2013
As Guantánamo Hunger Strike Continues, Activists Rally Nationwide for “Day of Action to Close Guantánamo & End Indefinite Detention”
As the hunger strike of men detained at the U.S. prison at Guantánamo began its third month, activists organized emergency rallies in over 26 cities and 19 states across the United States for a national “Day of Action to Close Guantánamo & End Indefinite Detention.” From New York City to San Francisco, Durham to Los Angeles, Witness Against Torture, Amnesty International, the Center for Constitutional Rights, World Can’t Wait, and other groups demanded the closure of Guantánamo.
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