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CAIR to Join Local, National Groups at January 11 White House Rally to Demand Gitmo Closure

screenshot 2018 01 03 15 00 03 380(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/3/2018) – On January 11, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will join human rights activists, torture survivors, Guantánamo detainee attorneys, 9-11 family members, ex-military officials, and members of diverse faith communities at a rally in front of the White House to mark the 16th year anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo Bay prison camp and to stop torture. 

WHAT: Rally to Close Guantanamo and Stop Torture

WHEN: January 11, from 11:30 A.M to 1 P.M.

WHERE: Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C.

RSVP Facebook Event Page: Rally to Close Guantanamo and Stop Torture

CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,

To request a CAIR “Close Guantanamo” Rally Poster, email CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw at with the subject line “CAIR GITMO Poster,” no later than noon on Monday, January 8.                                                                     

The coalition rally will demand that the U.S. government close Guantanamo Bay prison camp, end indefinite detention, stop torture, and immediately transfer cleared detainees. The coalition will call for an end to these abuses and stand together to resist and dismantle institutionalized Islamophobia — a system of oppression that uniquely targets Muslims and that has made it possible for the prison to be in operation for more than a decade and a half, with numerous prisoners, all Muslims, being detained without trial. The coalition will also call for a just resolution for all those detained at Guantanamo and for the immediate transfer of the five detainees who have already been cleared to leave.

“Americans who believe in the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution cannot stand idly by while our government indefinitely detains 41 men — many of whom have families and children — at Guantanamo without charge or trial. The major test of any nation’s commitment to the rule of law and due process is how well it protects the human rights and dignity of not only its citizens, but also of foreign prisoners in its custody. President Obama failed in his signature promise to close this prison. President Trump threatens to keep Guantanamo open and fill it up again. Now is the time for advocates of justice to seek the closure of this prison,” said Nihad Awad, National Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations

More than a decade after they were first captured, 41 men are still detained at Guantanamo; they bear the physical and psychological scars of torture and abuse. Five detainees have been approved by the U.S. government for transfer out of Guantanamo, and the vast majority of the rest of the population has never been charged with or convicted of a crime. Yet they remain indefinitely detained with no end in sight.

Coalition members include: Amnesty International, Center for Constitutional Rights, Close Guantanamo, CodePink, Council on American – Islamic Relations, Defending Rights and Dissent, Justice for Muslims Collective, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, No More Guantanamos, Reprieve, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition, Veterans For Peace, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Witness Against Torture, World Can’t Wait.

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.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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