(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/11/2006) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today renewed its call to close the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay following reports that three detainees committed suicide at the facility.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) demanded the closure of the camp earlier this year after the Committee Against Torture (CAT), the United Nations top anti-torture body, said such facilities were illegal and should be closed.
SEE: CAIR Supports Call to Close Gitmo
“Every day the Guantanamo Bay prison camp remains open permits further violations of international norms, damages our nation’s image worldwide and weakens America’s credibility in the promotion of democratic values and respect for human rights in the Muslim world,” said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Hooper added that Congress should conduct a full investigation of the deaths and the treatment of detainees at the camp. He also urged Americans of all faiths to contact their elected representatives on the treatment of detainees. SEE: http://capwiz.com/cair/dbq/officials/
In April of last year, CAIR and other groups called for an independent 9/11 commission-style investigation into the use of torture by American military personnel. SEE:
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 32 offices, chapters and affiliates nationwide and in Canada. 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.
CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: email@example.com