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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Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Anti-Torture Activists Demonstrate and Fast for Justice, January 11-22, 2011
The prison at Guantanamo will enter its 10th year of operation on Tuesday, January 11. Witness Against Torture is working to make sure this second decade never begins. Event: Rally and “prisoner procession” to the Department of Justice, followed by non-violent direct action. Date and Time: Tues, Jan. 11, beginning at 11 am Location: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.
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Newswire article
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Call to Action - Join Us January 11th, 2011 - No Torture, No Gitmo, No Bagram, No More
This January 11, the prison at Guantanamo will enter its 10th year of operation. The prison is both a site and symbol of a legacy that includes rendition, extralegal detention, and torture. This legacy endures, despite the promise of President Obama to close Guantanamo and break with Bush-era policies. With President Obama's continued betrayal of his promise and with the Republican gains in Congress, the nightmare draws closer: that the prison at Guantanamo will become permanent . We can't let this happen!
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Newswire article
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Stone-Walled by Obama Justice Department Anti-Torture Activists are Denied a Promised Meeting, Picket Office
“Shut Down Guantanamo, Meet with Us! We Demand Justice, Meet with Us!” A group of fifteen anti-torture activists picketed the Obama Justice Department this afternoon.
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Newswire article
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Stone-Walled by Obama Justice Department, Anti-Torture Activists Demand to Be Heard, Demonstrate at Justice Department on Friday, October 1, 2010
After meeting with the Justice Department’s Office of Intergovernmental and Public Liaison on June, 15 2010 to discuss the Obama administration’s controversial record on detention issues, a coalition of human rights advocates were promised further dialogue with the Department.
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Newswire article
Friday, September 10, 2010
Anti-Torture Activists Denounce the Denial of Due Process and Justice for the Victims of US Torture
Witness Against Torture, a grassroots organization dedicated to closing Guantanamo and ending US torture, condemns the decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Mohamed, et. al. versus Jeppesen DataPlan, Inc. to accept the “states-secret privilege” as grounds for dismissing lawsuits brought by victims of CIA rendition and of torture – whether in CIA-run “black sites,” in countries to which they were rendered, or in Guantanamo Bay.
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Newswire article
Monday, July 19, 2010
American Anti-Torture Activists Visit Former Guantánamo Prisoners in Bermuda
Three Christian activists from Witness Against Torture traveled to Bermuda on Friday, July 16, 2010 to meet with four Uyghur men who were detained in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba for more than seven years. (The Uyghur ethnic group primarily resides in western China.) The Bush administration conceded that the men are not “enemy combatants,” and in October 2008 a federal judge ordered their release. Eight months later, four Uyghurs were resettled in Bermuda. Other Uyghur detainees were resettled elsewhere while five Uyghurs remain in Guantánamo.
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Newswire article
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Twenty-Four Anti-Torture Activists Acquitted in Trial for Protest at the US CapitolCalling for Guantanamo's Closure and the Investigation of Deaths at the Prison
On Monday, June 14, twenty-four activists with Witness Against Torture were acquitted in Washington, D.C. Superior Court of charges of “unlawful entry with disorderly conduct.” The charges stemmed from demonstrations at the US Capitol on January 21,2010 - the date by which President Obama had promised the closure of the Guantanamo detention camp.
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Newswire article
Friday, June 11, 2010
Trial for 27 Anti-Torture Activists Who Protested Obama's Failure to Close GITMO Begins Monday (6/14)
On Monday, June 14 twenty-seven will face trial stemming from arrests at the U.S. Capitol on January 21, 2010 — the date by which President Obama had promised the closure of the Guantanamo detention camp. The human rights activists will hold a press conference outside the courthouse defending their protest, condemning the Obama administration’s continuation of Bush policies, and explaining their use in court of the “necessity defense.”
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Newswire article
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Twenty-Seven to Go on Trial for Protesting the Obama Administration’s Failure to Close Guantanamo, Plan for Indefinite Detention, and Refusal to Prosecute Torture
On Monday, June 14 twenty-seven will face trial stemming from arrests at the U.S. Capitol on January 21, 2010 — the date by which President Obama had promised the closure of the Guantanamo detention camp.
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Newswire article
Thursday, January 21, 2010
42 Arrested at U.S. Capitol in Day of Action to Denounce Obama's Broken Promises on Guantanamo, America's Broken Laws, and the Breaking of Lives by Torture
In a dramatic protest, 42 activists with Witness Against Torture were arrested this afternoon at the U.S. Capitol. The protest comes on the eve of the since-voided deadline President Obama had set for closing the prison camp at Guantanamo.
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