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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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Activists Respond to Congress and the White House Failng to Close Guantanamo
On Thursday, June 23rd, members of Witness Against Torture, the Torture Abolition and Survivor Support Coalition (TASSC), Amnesty International and other groups will embark on a March of Shame, walking between the institutions in Washington DC that continue to be responsible for unjust, illegal, and immoral American policies and conduct.
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
When it comes to Guantanamo Bay, the Politics of Fear and Cynicism Have Won Out over Any Promised Hope or Change
We must continue to speak and act against the ongoing crime of Guantanamo! We walk in shame and grief and anger. We walk mindful of broken promises, hollow words, and bankrupt institutions. We walk for men torn from their families and homelands, tortured and abused by this nation, still detained without charge or trial after all these years. We walk because we know that torture is wrong, that the indefinite detention of people without charge is wrong, and that vilification of South Asians and Muslims is wrong.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Close Guantanamo with Justice Now
The hundreds of classified “Joint Task Force” documents distributed by Wikileaks to The New York Times , National Public Radio , The Telegraph , McClatcheys and other news organization confirm what critics of the detention camp at Guantanamo have long maintained: that men are detained there based on a patchwork of insinuations, Orwellian double-think, and pseudo-evidence contaminated by torture and an internal system that rewards detainees for speaking against their fellow captives. The prison should therefore be closed, with a fai
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Newswire article
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
The State of Guantanamo
As the Witness Against Torture Fast for Justice drew to a close on January 22, the end of two weeks of action and our collective returns home were bittersweet. Bitter because we have not--despite our marching and witnessing and lobbying and processing and speaking out and being silent and haranguing and incommoding (both of those are chargeable offenses in the District of Columbia)-- succeeded in shutting down Guantanamo or shuttering Bagram or delivering justice to those indefinitely detained.
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Anti-Torture Activists Shut Down Two Entrances to Department of Justice
After a four hour presence at the Department of Justice this afternoon, Witness Against Torture finished its day of action by establishing an overnight vigil that will continue until 8am tomorrow morning, January 20, 2011.
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Newswire article
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Today at 2 PM Anti-Torture Activists, in 9th Day of Fast, Demand Meeting With Attorney General, Rally at Justice Department
Following a June 2010 meeting with the Department of Justice, Witness Against Torture has asked through letters, phone calls, and vigils that the DoJ make good on its pledge for further discussion on the issues of Guantánamo and torture. Those requests have been denied. Witness Against Torture is now demanding a meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder and will rally outside the DoJ offices at Constitution Avenue between 9th and 10th streets on Wednesday, January 19 from 2-4 pm.
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Justice Department Blockaded, No Arrests Made, in Shut Down Guantanamo Action Today
Sixty anti-torture activists blockaded the entrances to the Department of Justice for an hour and a half this afternoon. The action was to protest Washington's failure to close the Guantánamo detention center and continued use of torture against detainees at Guantánamo and other prisons that comprise the “gulag” operated by the military and security agencies around the world.
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Newswire article
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Today is Day of Action Against Torture, Rally at White House, Demo at Justice Department
In an 11 am rally at the White House, organized by Witness Against Torture, human rights activists will kick off 11 days of action to close the U.S. detention center at Guantánamo and end torture. After a “prisoner march” from the White House to the Department of Justice, one group of anti-torture activists will demand a meeting with DoJ officials, while others will engage in non-violent civil disobedience.
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Newswire article
Monday, January 10, 2011
Close Guantanamo With Justice Now
President Obama entered office promising to close Guantánamo and remove the taint of lawlessness it represents. Yet the prison remains open. While Congress blocks efforts to transfer prisoners to the U.S. for criminal trials, the White House draws up plans to hold some men indefinitely, without charge or trial.
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Newswire article
Friday, January 07, 2011
Close Guantanamo With Justice Now, Action on January 11
President Obama entered office promising to close Guantánamo and remove the taint of lawlessness it represents. Yet the prison remains open. While Congress blocks efforts to transfer prisoners to the U.S. for criminal trials, the White House draws up plans to hold some men indefinitely, without charge or trial.
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