Sign if you agree: President Biden must close Guantánamo prison
The prison, which was designed to indefinitely detain Muslims, is a critical fixture of the post-9/11 “War on Terror” that has predominantly criminalized, surveilled, incarcerated, and tortured Muslims, U.S. citizens and non-citizens alike, with little legal recourse.
Since 2002, the U.S. has imprisoned nearly 800 Muslim men and boys in Guantánamo. Today, 40 men remain. Most have never been charged with a crime, and none have had access to a fair trial. Many were tortured by the U.S., and all have suffered from the physical and psychological effects of indefinite detention for over a decade. Six men have even been approved for transfer by the government, yet political delays have kept them languishing behind bars.
With the 20th anniversary of the global "War on Terror" approaching, ending indefinite detention and closing the prison is a necessary step towards justice, accountability, and reconciliation.
Guantánamo is just one the U.S. government’s more contemporary pursuits in egregious human rights violations in a long history of abuses against Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities within the US and abroad. The prison is part of the decades-long legacy of mass incarceration and U.S. militarism, and more recently, the connections with the mass immigration detention and deportation apparatus have also become clear. Calls for Guantánamo's closure must be part of our collective demands to expose the U.S.’s racist history and current practices in policing and mass incarceration, and demand investment instead in community healing and other needs.
President Biden has said he intends to close Guantánamo. Now he must take action towards that goal. The Biden administration should release the dozens of men who have never been charged with a crime to their home or third countries and resolve the remaining cases by bringing them to federal court for trial or negotiating plea deals that would allow for their transfer to foreign countries to serve sentences. The U.S. must ensure that no one is transferred to countries where they are in danger of persecution and torture.
Add your name: Urge the Biden administration to close Guantánamo prison and end indefinite detention once and for all.
Justice for Muslims Collective
Massachusetts Peace Action
Win Without War
Center for Constitutional Rights
South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
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Since 2002, the United States has detained nearly 800 Muslim men and boys at Guantánamo -- all but a handful without charge or trial. The prison is an enduring international symbol of injustice, and it continues to cause profound harm to the 40 men who remain imprisoned. With the 20th anniversary of the "War on Terror" approaching, ending indefinite detention and closing Guantánamo is a necessary step towards justice, accountability, and reconciliation. You have said that you want to close the prison. Now is the time to take bold and swift action to get it done.