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CAIR Joins National Coalition Urging Senate to Reject New Guantanamo Transfer Restrictions

CAIR-logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/11/15) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, has joined other civil liberties, human rights, national security, and religious organizations in a letter to the U.S. Senate urging opposing to S. 165, a bill introduced by Senator Ayotte barring transfers out of Guantanamo.

The bill would impose an effective two year ban on all transfers, anywhere — even when U.S. military and intelligence agencies agree that a detainee is cleared for transfer — barring a court order. The bill would also require more restrictive certification requirements on foreign transfers.

Almost half of the current 122 Guantanamo detainees were cleared for transfer by national security and intelligence agencies in 2010. Some of the detainees have been held up to 11 years without charge or trial.

CAIR continues to urge Congress and the president to work together to resolve the problem of indefinite detention at Guantánamo Bay, which challenge our nation's commitment to the rule of law and worsens our international reputation.

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 Government Affairs Manager Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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