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.

Releases by this organization

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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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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
As Men at Guantanamo Hunger Strike, Human Rights Activists Respond With Fast and Demonstrations
On Sunday, March 24 human rights activists throughout the United States began a seven day fast and series of actions in solidarity with the men currently on hunger strike at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Resisting Hell on Earth: Hunger Strike at Guantánamo
The facts are stark. More than 100 men on a new hunger strike at Guantánamo, now in its fifth week.
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Thursday, January 12, 2012
Almost Forty Anti-torture Activists Arrested at White House
Thirty-seven members of Witness Against Torture were arrested in front of the White House on Thursday, January 12 around three this afternoon. Dressed in the iconic Guantanamo orange jumpsuits and black hoods and accompanied by a cage representing indefinite detention, the activists were warned to clear the sidewalk by National Park Police or risk arrest. After occupying the sidewalk for more than three hours, they were arrested one by one.
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Monday, January 09, 2012
Over Fifty Citizens on Ten Day Fast for Justice Carry Guantanamo Cell to President Obama’s Front Door
The specter of an orange clad, black hooded human being cowering behind iron bars is drawing a lot of attention at the White House this week. On Saturday, January 7, members of Witness Against Torture carried a reproduction of a Guantanamo cell over barricades surrounding Lafayette Park and deployed it in front of the White House.
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Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Anti-Torture Activists to Go on Trial for Speaking Out Against Guantanamo, Indefinite Detention, and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
A jury trial for five anti-torture activists begins on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 in D.C. Superior Court before Judge Fisher. They are charged with unlawful conduct in the citizen’s gallery at the House of Representatives on June 23, 2011, and face jail time if convicted.
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Anti-Torture Activists to “Occupy” Washington, Jan. 2-12
January 11 will mark the tenth anniversary of the first detainees' arrival at the U.S.-controlled detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. To remember this travesty, Witness Against Torture is planning 10 days of activities in Washington, D.C. demanding an end to torture and indefinite detention at Guantanamo, Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, and elsewhere, and that the president reject the just-passed National Defense Authorization Act.
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Monday, December 19, 2011
Ten-Day DC Occupation Decries Ten Years of Injustice at Guantanamo, January 2012
January 11 will mark the tenth anniversary of the first detainees' arrival at the U.S.-controlled detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. To remember this travesty, Witness Against Torture is planning 10 days of activities in Washington, D.C. demanding an end to torture and indefinite detention at Guantanamo, Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, and elsewhere, and that the president reject the just-passed National Defense Authorization Act .
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Free Speech on Trial, Supreme Court Ban on Protests Challenged
National Lawyers Guild attorney Mark Goldstone filed a petition for writ of certiorari at the Supreme Court today challenging a statute barring protests in the Supreme Court Building and on its grounds. Goldstone commented, “We seek to apply to the plaza and steps of the United States Supreme Court the same principle that the Court has applied to other public places.”
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Thursday, June 23, 2011
US House of Representatives Disrupted by Anti-Torture Activists
While the US House of Representatives chamber filled for a vote today at 4:40pm, Representatives' eyes and ears turned toward the Chamber's gallery as a group of activists interrupted proceedings to call for the closure of Guantanamo Bay prison and denounce provisions in the Defense Appropriations Bill concerning detention policy. Fifteen people from the group Witness Against Torture stood in the gallery to read the following statement:
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