Albany High School Amnesty International Student Club to Hold Demonstration to Demand President Obama and Members of Congress to Close Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility
Students to mark 11th anniversary of first detainees imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay with a demonstration which will include orange jumpsuits and mock prison cell on Solano Ave. and Key Route Blvd. on Friday, January 11th
(Albany, CA) -- President Barack Obama must revisit the promise he made in 2009 to close the Guantanamo detention facility and commit the United States to releasing the detainees or bringing them to fair trial, Amnesty International said ahead of the 11th anniversary of the first detainee transfers to the U.S. naval base in Cuba and just days before his re-inauguration as President.
Today, 166 detainees are still held at Guantanamo – out of the 779 men taken to the facility since 2002, the vast majority were held for years without charge or criminal trial. Seven men have been convicted by military commission, including five as a result of pre-trial agreements under which they pled guilty in return for the possibility of release from the base.
Six detainees are currently facing the possibility of death
sentences after military commission trials that do not meet international fair trial standards. All six were subjected to enforced disappearance prior to their transfer to Guantánamo and, among other abuses, two of them were
subjected to the torture technique known as "water-boarding," effectively mock execution by interrupted drowning.
After first taking office in January 2009, President Obama pledged to resolve the Guantánamo detentions and close the facility within a year. He also ordered an end to the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of “enhanced”
interrogation techniques and long-term "black sites."
Albany High School Amnesty International Student Club will mark the 11th anniversary of the first detainees being jailed at the U.S.-controlled detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Friday, January 11, 2013, with a demonstration on the corner of Solano Ave. and Key
Route Blvd. from 2:30-4:00pm. Students will wear orange jumpsuits, construct a mock prison cell and ask members of the public to call President Obama and Members of Congress to close Guantanamo Bay detention facility. For more information, go to www.amnestyusa.org/gitmo.
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