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 At the beginning of his presidency, President Trump signed an Executive Order to keep the military prison at Guantánamo Bay open. Since then, no new detainees have come in, and only one has been transferred out. President Biden has an opportunity to roll back this harmful policy and close the detention center once and for all.

The detention facility at Guantánamo continues to hold 40 Muslim men indefinitely, most without charge, and many of whom were tortured by the US government. None has received a fair trial. The treatment and imprisonment in Guantánamo are glaring human rights violations that the Biden administration must end now.

Toffiq al-Bihani is one of five detainees at Guantanamo who have been cleared for transfer to other countries for many years, yet remain imprisoned indefinitely. He was tortured by the CIA before he was sent to Guantánamo in 2003, where he remains without charge or trial. He was cleared for transfer in 2010.

Help us close Guantanamo, and ensure the transfer of all cleared detainees to countries that will respect their human rights. Tell President Biden: the Guantánamo Bay detention facility should be shut down once and for all!

 

 

 

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  Our Petition

 

Dear President Joe Biden,

The US government’s use of indefinite detention without charge as a response to 9/11 has been unlawful from the outset. This detention regime must be brought to an end, and any proposal for its continuation or expansion rejected. The detention facility at Guantánamo must be shut down immediately.

The impunity that persists in relation to the torture and other-ill treatment, enforced disappearance and other human rights violations committed against these detainees is outrageous. Torture and enforced disappearance are crimes under international law.

I urge you to work toward a lawful solution for the detainees still held at Guantánamo by either transferring them for release, or bringing individuals to trial in civilian federal courts if this can be achieved in accordance with international law and standards and without recourse to the death-penalty. Those detainees already cleared for transfer should be transferred immediately to countries that will respect their human rights. Those who were subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment must receive genuine access to rehabilitation and redress. The individuals responsible for torture and enforced disappearance must be brought to justice in a fair trial without recourse to the death penalty.

The ongoing operations in the Guantánamo Bay detention facility are a human rights abomination. I urge you to close the prison immediately. 

Sincerely,

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