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, January 20, 2010
Witness Against Torture Decries Obama’s Broken Promises, America’s Broken Laws, Lives Broken by Torture
A year ago today, Barack Obama was inaugurated President, riding a waves of hope and excitement into the Oval Office. Two days later, he signed executive orders outlawing torture and committing his administration to closing Guantanamo within a year.
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Murder and CIA Black Sites at Guantanamo?
Fifty human rights activists from Witness Against Torture will gather at the Pentagon and the White House today to demand a full investigation into allegations-- buttressed by Army whistleblower Joe Hickman-- of the possible murder of detainees at Guantanamo, as well as of the existence of a CIA "black site" at the base.
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Friday, January 15, 2010
Human Rights Activists to Confront Torture-Memo Author John Yoo at Book Signing
Thirty-five to forty human rights activists from Witness Against Torture will protest the appearance of Bush administration Department of Justice attorney John Yoo at the Federalist Society at 11:30 on Friday, January 15. When What Where 11:30pm-1:30pm
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Monday, January 11, 2010
Eight Years Later, Activists and Lawyers Demand Real Justice, Say "No More Guantanamos"
Eight years ago today, the Guantanamo prison opened for “war on terror” detainees. Today, activists and Guantanamo lawyers mark the anniversary by demanding that President Obama make good on his pledge to close the prison as first step towards restoring the rule of law. Further, the group opposes any plan for holding prisoners without charge or trial in the U.S. and denounces the White House’s expansion of Bush-style detention in Afghanistan. Schedule, Monday, January 11, 2010
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Newswire article
Friday, January 08, 2010
Eight Years After Guantanamo, Lawyers and Activists Demonstrate, Demand Real Change
Eight years ago next Monday, the Guantanamo prison opened for "war on terror" detainees. On January 11 , activists and Guantanamo lawyers will mark the anniversary by demanding that President Obama make good on his pledge to close the prison as first step towards restoring the rule of law. Further, the group opposes any plan for holding prisoners without charge or trial in the U.S. and denounces the White House's expansion of Bush-style detention in Afghanistan. Schedule, Monday, January 11, 2010
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