(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/9/15) — On Sunday, January 11, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will join a coalition of human rights activists, torture survivors, Guantanamo attorneys, 9-11 family members, and members of diverse faith communities in holding a rally (1 p.m.) at the White House followed by a march (1:30 p.m.) to the National Archives to mark the 13th anniversary of the first arrival of prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.
The event, titled “A Promise Still to Keep: Close Guantanamo, Stop Torture, and End Indefinite Detention,” will follow an interfaith service in front of the White House at 1 p.m.
The coalition is calling on the Obama administration and Congress to close the prison camps at Guantanamo, end indefinite detention, ensure accountability for torture, and reaffirm the absolute legal ban on torture. The rally will be followed by a visually powerful “detainee procession” of figures in orange jumpsuits and black hoods and signs marking the anniversary.
Sponsors: Amnesty International USA, the Blue Lantern Project, the Center for Constitutional Rights, CloseGitmo.net, Code Pink, Council on American-Islamic Relations, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, Reprieve, September 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, the Torture Abolition and Survivor and Support Coalition, Veterans for Peace, We Stand with Shaker, Witness Against Torture, World Can’t Wait, and others.
CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry:
“The Guantanamo Bay prison facility is a travesty of our justice system that has globally tarnished America’s reputation. Continued detainment of these prisoners under such dire, harsh conditions without due process is unethical and unconscionable. Many inmates were cleared for release years ago, yet they still remain imprisoned. The Council on American-Islamic Relations calls on President Obama to hold true to his promise, bring all the detainees to trial or release them, and shut down Guantanamo once and for all.”
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, email@example.com