More than three months into President Obama’s second term in office, 166 men are still imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay, the majority of them held for more than eleven years without any charge or fair trial. While President Obama has rightly argued that Congress is standing in the way of his fulfilling his promise to close the prison, human rights groups have pointed out the many meaningful actions he can take.
The Center for Constitutional Rights is calling on the President to end his “self-imposed moratorium” on releasing Yemeni detainees, to resume prisoner transfers and to appoint a senior official to “shepherd the process of closure.” Sign The Nation’s open letter and implore President Obama to take these steps and to fulfill his promise to close Guantánamo Bay. To amplify your voice, call the White House at 202-456-1111.
In the new issue of The Nation, editors explain why 100 Guantánamo prisoners are so desperate that they’re risking death by refusing food.
In this Democracy Now! interview Pardiss Kebriaei, senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, explains what President Obama can unilaterally do to redress human rights abuses at Guantánamo.