(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/10/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Congress to close the Guantanamo Bay prison following a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to turn down an appeal by a Yemeni-born man held there without charges since 2001.
Yemeni detainee Moath Hamza Ahmed al Alwi was captured in Pakistan in December 2001 and has been detained without charge ever since.
Justice Stephen Breyer issued a statement saying that the court should weigh in on the issue at some point to decide “whether, in light of the duration and other aspects of the relevant conflict, Congress has authorized and the Constitution permits continued detention. . .[Alwi] faces the real prospect that he will spend the rest of his life in detention based on his status as an enemy combatant a generation ago.”
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In a statement, CAIR said:
“Though Al-Alwi has spent 17 years of his life in Guantanamo Bay, he has not been convicted of or even charged with a crime. Congress must make sure that our laws must do what international law demands: prohibit indefinite, extrajudicial detention.
“We are disappointed that the Supreme Court will not take his case and hope the court will take Justice Breyer’s advice and act on this issue in the near future. Until then, we call on President Trump and all other 2020 presidential candidates to clarify where their campaigns stand on the operating status of the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay and the government’s ability to indefinitely detain individuals -- including those like Al-Alwi who are not charged with any crime and who have never been accused of posing a risk of terrorism or any other risk to the United States.”
CAIR added that the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act is currently being considered in Congress, which can either fund the prison to keep it open or close it once and for all.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.