(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/2/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today repeated its call for due process rights for those detained at the Guantanamo Bay.
On Friday, a U.S. federal appeals court ruled against a Guantanamo Bay detainee who claimed his indefinite detention is a violation of due process. The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the Due Process Clause does not apply to non-citizens who do not hold property or have a presence in the U.S.
SEE: Appeals Court Rules Due Process Rights Don’t Apply to Guantanamo Detainees
In a statement, CAIR Attorney Gadeir Abbas said:
“Every person accused of a crime must have access to a fair legal process that can speedily determine their guilt or innocence. That includes the prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, who have been held indefinitely without charge or trial in violation of our laws, our values, and basic human rights.”
“We again urge that all those in American custody, wherever they are, be offered the due process of law.”
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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.