Events

Future events: vigils, meetings, demonstrations - see details below.


Please note: All planned Guantanamo Justice Campaign (GJC) regular vigils, meetings, and campaign stalls remain CANCELLED until further notice. GJC holds to this course of action, given the ongoing developments and rate of spread of the coronavirus outbreak within the UK and across the globe. We will continue to monitor the situation. However, please also note the online meetings and events taking place as listed further below. 


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SHUT GUANTANAMO! DEMOS outside US Embassy in London resume 1st JULY 2021

London Guantanamo Campaign (LGC) says "Since April 2020, our monthly "Shut Guantánamo!" demos, which we have held since 2007 outside the US Embassy in London, have gone online with people contributing images and messages that we have shared on Facebook and Twitter - thank you for your contributions! Due to the easing of restrictions in England, we will be resuming our in-person demonstrations outside the US Embassy on Thursday 1st July (12-2pm). Please join us if you can. Details below." 

[See details under banner photo]


We (LGC) are also joining the People's Assembly national demonstration on Saturday 26 June https://thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/, midday, to raise awareness about Guantánamo. That date is also International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. If you would like to join us - in an orange jumpsuit, which we can supply, or handing out leaflets - please get in touch."

https://www.facebook.com/events/379910286772908/ 



SHUT GUANTANAMO! DEMO 1st JULY 2021 outside US Embassy in London

LGC states "Following a move online due to Covid-19 restrictions, we [LGC] will be resuming our monthly Shut Guantánamo! demos outside the US Embassy in London on Thursday 1 July. 

Since 2007, we have held regular protests outside the US Embassy in London in solidarity with the remaining prisoners at Guantanamo (currently 40) and to remind the US that its crimes are not forgotten.

Our protests are fully accessible (wheelchairs, prams, mobility scooters) and we have no restrictions as the protest is in an outdoor location and usually small enough. We provide banners and orange jumpsuits, if you wish to wear one, or you can bring your own banners.

The current US Embassy in south London (nearest underground: Vaxuhall) is deliberately set up to provide a hostile setting for protests and render protesters invisible, but we will not be deterred. Please join us if you can."

See video of some of LGC protests outside the previous US Embassy: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVZMahEpVf8

London Guantánamo Campaign



LEWIS AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL GROUP - PROTEST IN BRIGHTON - SAT. 29th May 2021 


Lewes Amnesty International Group take action again on Saturday 29th May 2021 with a demonstration to take place in BRIGHTON. The demonstration calls for the closure of Guantanamo, the illegal US prison at Guantanamo Bay. The protest, includes a SILENT VIGIL, and aims to raise awareness of the 40 prisoners still held in the facility by the US, outside of international law.



Media report: Local newspaper 'The Argus' published an article with photo on the action which you can find here: 

Guantanamo Bay: Protesters gather in Brighton over prison | The Argus

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/19338201.guantanamo-bay-protesters-gather-brighton-prison/


 


Guantanamo Justice Campaign message of support sent to all at the 'CLOSE GUANTANAMO NOW' SILENT VIGIL in BRIGHTON:


ILLEGAL PRISON - GUANTANAMO MUST CLOSE

Greetings and solidarity, from Guantanamo Justice Campaign activists and supporters.

Guantanamo Justice Campaign demands that US President, Joe Biden, takes all necessary steps to immediately close down Guantanamo. He must act resolutely, with determination to end the illegal imprisonment of the remaining prisoners. All have suffered for many years great cruelty, torture and injustice at the hands of Bush, Obama, Trump and yes, currently Biden, US administrations.

We call on UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to make urgent representations to the US President to close Guantanamo. It needs to be made absolutely clear to both heads of state that people in the UK see things clearly, and in the case of Guantanamo, kidnapping is kidnapping, cruelty is cruelty, torture is torture, and to be cleared for release must mean, in reality, immediate release, and justice must be lawful and just.

We call for Guantanamo to be closed and for an end to indefinite detention and torture. We have stood together against the US/Nato led aggressive wars that have resulted in so much death and destruction. We stand together against a new cold war. And we oppose all forms of racism and bigotry. We call on the US to respect international and human rights laws embedded in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Our vigils, our protests, our demonstrations are definitely being heard and seen by people around the world. THEY MUST CONTINUE AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY

All Guantanamo Justice Campaign activists and supporters wish you in Brighton today the very best for a successful silent vigil, another courageous action, a demonstration towards ending the travesty of justice that is the infamous, illegal concentration camp sited on occupied land, known as Guantanamo.

Solidarity

Guantanamo Justice Campaign – truth and justice for victims of torture

29.5.21



SHUT DOWN GUANTANAMO online action - Thurs. 1st April 2021 


Joint action by  the following organisations:

LEWES AMNESTY GROUP         LONDON GUANTANAMO CAMPAIGN          CLOSE GUANTANAMO

        FREEDOM FROM TORTURE                    GUANTANAMO JUSTICE CAMPAIGN


1st APRIL is the official launch day of the film 'THE MAURITANIAN'

Guantanamo Justice Campaign supporters, who can, are requested to make every effort to take part in this joint 'photo' action. 

You are encouraged to use the placard design provided - see below - or design one similar

Take a photo of yourself (with friends too) holding the placard so the message can be read clearly. The more photos sent in the better! 

You are asked to send your photo/s to info@amnestylewes.org

As a GJC supporter we would appreciate you sending a copy of your photo/s to Guantanamo Justice Campaign (GJC) as well - please send to:  gjcampaign2016@gmail.com - we will place your photo on our GJC website.


DO FEEL FREE TO SEND TO GJC AT ANY TIME photos of yourself holding up a placard with an appropriate campaign message:  US MUST CLOSE GUANTANAMO or SHUT DOWN GUANTANAMO or BIDEN MUST CLOSE GUANTANAMO NOW! 


DOWNLOAD, PRINT AND HOLD UP THE PROTEST PLACARD BELOW, AND TAKE A PHOTO - SEE OUR GALLERY PAGE

ALTERNATIVELY SEND US A PHOTO OF YOUR MADE PLACARD OR MESSAGE TO DISPLAY ON OUR WEBSITE 


 



UN INTERNATIONAL DAY IN SUPPORT OF VICTIMS OF TORTURE 

26th JUNE 2020

Guantanamo Justice Campaign (GJC) calls for an end to torture and brutality,

 and a respect for human rights and international law

 

On 12 December 1997, via resolution 52/149, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 26 June the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. By such initiatives, it was thought that there would be movement towards the total eradication of torture and the effective functioning of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (the Torture Convention). The UN has said the"26 June is an opportunity to call on all stakeholders including UN Member States, civil society and individuals everywhere to unite in support of the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who have been victims of torture and those who are still tortured today."

 

The Torture Convention was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 10 December 1984 (resolution 39/46). The Convention eventually came into force on 26 June 1987 after it had been ratified by 20 States. Torture is a crime under international law, but despite 169 countries ratifying the United Nations Convention Against Torture, many countries still continue to practise torture.

 

The ‘Convention’ places certain obligations on a State party signed up to the agreement. Together they say that the prohibition against torture is absolute – even in extreme situations such as that of military conflict (Article 2). States should also take effective legislative, administrative, judicial or other measures to prevent acts of torture. State parties are prevented from expelling or extraditing a person to a State where there are substantial grounds for believing that he/she would be in danger of being subjected to torture.

 

The Convention articles also include statements to the effect that States should investigate where it is believed acts of torture have taken place, and   “extradite” or “prosecute” those “suspected” of carrying out torture. For those who allege they have been tortured, States must make sure their case is examined by the competent authorities.

 

Taken globally, torture has not abated, it takes place in many countries and is said to be on the increase. The UN Secretary General said in his message today that “Torture is an egregious abuse of human rights” and reminded the world that International law “unequivocally prohibits torture”, crucially adding “in all instances”.  The Secretary General statement made clear torture “diminishes everyone and everything that it touches, including torturers and the systems and States where it occurs”. He highlighted two actions that should be taken, “Torturers must never be allowed to get away with their crimes, and systems that enable torture should be dismantled or transformed”. States, governments, politicians authorising, practising and condoning torture, and torturers themselves, in keeping with international law should be held to account for their cruel and criminal actions.

 

Over many years, UN human rights officials and experts have made repeated calls for the US to shut down the torture prison Guantanamo. In 2017, Nils Melzer, the UN special rapporteur on torture reminded the US administration that by "failing to prosecute the crime of torture in CIA custody, the US is in clear violation of the Convention against Torture and is sending a dangerous message of complacency and impunity to officials in the US and around the world," Melzer added that this is  “one of the most fundamental norms of international law, and its violation is listed among the most serious international crimes, including crimes against humanity and war crimes".

 

To coincide with the 26th June, Victims of Torture Day, Guantanamo Justice Campaign is calling on people to send letters to President Trump, the UK Prime Minister, as well as to the press on the issue of the illegal US prison that remains open at Guantanamo.

 

Guantanamo Justice Campaign continues to call for the UK Prime Minister and his government to demand in the strongest of terms that the US closes down Guantanamo prison, perceived as a symbol of injustice and still known for its torture and abuse of prisoners, and indefinite detention practices. Successive UK Prime Ministers have remained remarkably silent on this issue, even though over the years many parliamentarians have spoken out, both individually and collectively. Our Prime Minister needs to speak out publicly on these matters, declare his and the British government’s abhorrence at the fact that Guantanamo still remains open.

 

The UK at every level of Government should make it absolutely clear and certain to the US Administration that this illegal torture prison needs to be immediately shut down. Across the world people view the prison at Guantanamo, as being set up by the Bush Administration to purposely avoid having to respect and adhere to international law housed within State agreements such as the Convention Against Torture, and the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 

Former US President Obama repeatedly promised to close the prison. He said “the prison was contrary to our values” and was seen as “a stain on our broader record of upholding the highest rules of law”. However, he failed, lacking the political will to do so. In stark contrast, President Trump has kept it open, bragged about filling it up with “bad dudes” and threatened to re-introduce torture, and shows no signs of changing course. He has claimed that torture “absolutely works”.  As a consequence, the US is increasingly perceived as lacking in moral authority.

 

However, recently, a group of US Senators wrote to Department of Defence Secretary, Mark Esper, and stated the following, “Congress and the Trump Administration should work together to close the Guantanamo Bay prison facility, which represents a “legal black hole” for detainees and reportedly costs $540 million per year to operate, or $13 million per prisoner.”

 

Our UK Prime Minister remaining silent on Guantanamo is shameful. British politicians should challenge the US President’s inflammatory and wrongheaded views outright, speak out in public, and demand he close Guantanamo and respect international law on human rights and torture. The UK must stress its total opposition to “indefinite detention”.

 

We say today and everyday, end the torture, stop the brutality, respect human rights and international law.


Guantanamo Justice Campaign – truth & justice for victims of torture (GJC)  - 26.06.20



LEWES AMNESTY - ONLINE PUBLIC MEETING - 11th June, 8pm 

BETWEEN COVID AND TRUMP: THE HORRORS OF GUANTANAMO

Speaker: ANDY WORTHINGTON, author, campaigning journalist. 

See below flyer for online event Between COVID and Trump: The Horrors of Guantanamo, a public meeting organised by Lewis Amnesty group.

To attend the meeting please contact Lewis Amnesty via their website: http://amnestylewes.org/ as requested on the flyer - see immediately below.

Guest speaker Andy Worthington (journalist, activist and co-founder of the Close Guantanamo campaign) will bring us up to date on what is happening in Guantanamo. His talk will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions and to decide what we can do to close this illegal detention centre, which in January 2022 will have been holding people without trial for twenty years. 



GUANTANAMO JUSTICE CAMPAIGN - monthly VIGIL
PROTEST VIGIL - 12th February 2020
CLOSE GUANTANAMO 
STOP THE ABUSE AND BRUTALITY 
PARLIAMENT SQUARE: WED. 12th February,  1pm-3pm
Assemble: opposite PARLIAMENT, Westminster, London

GUANTANAMO IS AN ILLEGAL USA RUN TORTURE PRISON - IT MUST BE SHUT DOWN
WE SAY:
DEMAND UK PRIME MINISTER, UK GOVERNMENT MINISTERS, PARTY LEADERS & MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT SPEAK OUT AGAINST INDEFINITE DETENTION AND TORTURE
THE UK PRIME MINISTER  MUST TELL US PRESIDENT TRUMP TO SHUT GUANTANAMO DOWN
STAND WITH US AT PARLIAMENT SQUARE - HELP DISTRIBUTE OUR FLYERS AND ASK PEOPLE TO SIGN OUR TWO PETITIONS ON GUANTANAMO and UK COMPLICITY IN TORTURE 

Note: Following this vigil, supporters are encouraged to join us (12th Feb. 2020) at our (GJC) monthly campaign meeting at PCS HQ, 160 Falcon Road, Battersea, London. 
The meeting starts at 5.30pm, ends 7pm. The venue is right beside Clapham Junction rail station. Campaign resources can be collected from the meeting. Help plan future campaign work and events. New activist/supporters - warmly welcomed.

PROTEST VIGIL: CLOSE GUANTANAMO: 11th Jan 2020
18 YEARS  - STOP THE ABUSE AND BRUTALITY:     
TRAFALGAR SQUARE: 
 Assemble: 1pm-3pm - in front of National Gallery

GJC will be marking the day when prisoners first arrived at the US run illegal prison at Guantanamo Bay on 11th Jan. 2002.  Since 2002, Guantanamo prison has held a total of 780 prisoners. 

40 prisoners remain there and President Trump has previously stated he wishes to send more prisoners there.  The prison is notorious, a symbol of injustice: a place known for torture, abuse, and indefinite detention, where prisoners are denied their human rights. 

 Join us on the concourse in front of the National Gallery, in Trafalgar Square, London on the 11th January 2020, from 1pm - 3pm.

Open mic session - readings, speeches, display of posters and placards.

Bring along your letters addressed to the UK Prime Minister & US President D. Trump - these can be read out during the vigil.

Your readings and poems welcome.

Organised by GJC



No War On Iran DEMONSTRATION: 11th January 2020 

Assemble 12pm - Outside the BBC, 

Portland Place, March to Trafalgar Square 

StWC says  "The assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani is an act of war by Donald Trump. The act was carried out in Baghdad, violating all agreements with the Iraqi government. Both Iran and Iraq will retaliate. Trump has been heading for war since tearing up the nuclear deal with Iran and if he succeeds will create a bigger war than we have seen in the Middle East. It will draw in major players across the region including Israel, Saudi Arabia and possibly Russia. We must do all we can to campaign for peace and de-escalation in the Middle East. Join this Saturday's demonstration.” 

Organised by: Stop the War Coalition & CND **NO WAR ON IRAN - NO WAR ON IRAQ - TROOPS OUT OF IRAQ** 



Guantanamo Justice Campaign

Campaign Organising Meeting

Wednesday 12th February 2020

Venue: PCS HQ, 160 Falcon Road, Battersea, London           5.30pm - 7pm

Join us in our campaign for truth, justice and Guantanamo closure. Help plan our campaign actions. 

To receive regular campaign updates and details of future meetings and events please contact GJC, text or message mob. 07756493877, or email gjcampaign2016@gmail.com stating your contact details - name, email, and tel no.




03DecModNO TO TRUMP - NO TO NATO
NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION
TUESDAY 3rd DEC 2019
Assemble: 4pm TRAFALGAR SQUARE
March to BUCKINGHAM PALACE
org. by Stop the War Coalition

[Note the 'Close Guantanamo' contingent: Guantanamo Justice Campaign, London Guantanamo Campaign and others to meet up at Trafalgar Square on the steps of St Martins in the Fields Church at 3pm, bring banners and placards]





GUANTANAMO JUSTICE CAMPAIGN - monthly VIGIL
PROTEST VIGIL - 13th Nov. 2019
CLOSE GUANTANAMO 
STOP THE ABUSE AND BRUTALITY 
DOWNING STREET: WED. 13th November,  1pm-3pm
Assemble: opposite DOWNING STREET, Westminster, London

WHOEVER BECOMES THE NEXT UK PRIME MINISTER NEEDS TO KNOW:
GUANTANAMO IS AN ILLEGAL USA RUN TORTURE PRISON - IT MUST BE SHUT DOWN
WE SAY:
DEMAND UK PRIME MINISTER, UK GOVERNMENT MINISTERS, PARTY LEADERS & MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT SPEAK OUT AGAINST INDEFINITE DETENTION AND TORTURE
THE UK PRIME MINISTER  MUST TELL PRESIDENT TRUMP TO SHUT GUANTANAMO DOWN
STAND WITH US AT DOWNING STREET AND HELP DISTRIBUTE OUR FLYERS AND ASK PEOPLE TO SIGN OUR TWO PETITIONS ON GUANTANAMO and UK COMPLICITY IN TORTURE 

Note: Following this vigil, supporters are encouraged to join us (13th Nov.) at our (GJC) monthly campaign meeting at PCS HQ, 160 Falcon Road, Battersea, London. 
The meeting starts at 5.30pm, ends 7pm. The venue is right beside Clapham Junction rail station. Campaign resources can be collected from the meeting. Help plan future campaign work and events. New activist/supporters - warmly welcomed.



 Guantanamo Justice Campaign 'Speaker' Meeting 
Developments Regarding The Infamous US Prison 
Guantanamo - illegal, immoral, cruel, inhumane
Speaker: ANDY WORTHINGTON - plus Q&A
Wednesday 9th October 2019
Venue: PCS HQ, 160 Falcon Road, Battersea, London              5.30pm - 7pm
ANDY WORTHINGTON is a writer, campaigner, investigative journalist and commentator, and co-founder Close Guantánamo. He is author of the book ‘The Guantánamo Files’ (published 2007) and internationally recognised as an authority on Guantánamo, related issues and the “war on terror”. He has worked as a consultant for the United Nations, and published numerous articles
  


Next GUANTANAMO JUSTICE CAMPAIGN monthly VIGIL

Next GJC monthly PROTEST VIGIL - PARLIAMENT SQUARE -  Wed. 9th October 2019
CLOSE GUANTANAMO - END THE TORTURE AND THE BRUTALITY!
WEDNESDAY: 9th October 2019
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson must demand President Trump close Guantanamo
ASSEMBLE: 1pm - 3pm, PARLIAMENT SQUARE, Westminster, London
Nearest tube station: Westminster   -    This event is one of Guantanamo Justice Campaign's regular monthly vigils.
SPREAD THE WORD THAT GUANTANAMO, THE ILLEGAL USA TORTURE PRISON, SHOULD BE CLOSED
DEMAND UK PRIME MINISTER, GOVERNMENT MINISTERS, PARTY LEADERS & MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT SPEAK OUT AGAINST INDEFINITE DETENTION AND TORTURE
HELP DISTRIBUTE LEAFLETS AND ASK PEOPLE TO SIGN OUR TWO PETITIONS ON GUANTANAMO and UK COMPLICITY IN TORTURE

Next GJC monthly PROTEST VIGIL - PARLIAMENT SQUARE -  Wed. 11th September
CLOSE GUANTANAMO - END THE TORTURE AND THE BRUTALITY!
WEDNESDAY: 11th September 2019
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson must demand President Trump close Guantanamo
ASSEMBLE: 1pm - 3pm, PARLIAMENT SQUARE, Westminster, London
Nearest tube station: Westminster   -    This event is one of Guantanamo Justice Campaign's regular monthly vigils.
SPREAD THE WORD THAT GUANTANAMO, THE ILLEGAL USA TORTURE PRISON, SHOULD BE CLOSED
DEMAND UK PRIME MINISTER, GOVERNMENT MINISTERS, PARTY LEADERS & MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT SPEAK OUT AGAINST INDEFINITE DETENTION AND TORTURE
HELP DISTRIBUTE LEAFLETS AND ASK PEOPLE TO SIGN OUR TWO PETITIONS ON GUANTANAMO and UK COMPLICITY IN TORTURE

HELP BUILD THE CAMPAIGN
Join us at our monthly meeting
Guantanamo Justice Campaign Organising Meeting  
Wednesday 11th September 2019,  5.30pm-7.30pm
PCS HQ, 160 Falcon Road, Battersea London SW11

Join us in our campaign for truth, justice and Guantanamo closure. All welcome to help plan our future campaign actions.  To receive regular campaign updates and details of future meetings and events please contact GJC, text or message mob. 07756493877, or email gjcampaign2016@gmail.com stating your contact details - name, email, and tel no.


PROTEST VIGIL - Wed. 14th August 2019
CLOSE GUANTANAMO 
STOP THE ABUSE AND BRUTALITY 
DOWNING STREET: WED. 14th Aug 2019, 1pm-3pm
Assemble: Whitehall, opposite Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA
GUANTANAMO IS AN ILLEGAL USA RUN TORTURE PRISON
DEMAND UK PRIME MINISTER, UK GOVERNMENT MINISTERS, PARTY LEADERS & MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
SPEAK OUT AGAINST INDEFINITE DETENTION AND TORTURE
THE UK PRIME MINISTER  MUST TELL PRESIDENT TRUMP TO SHUT GUANTANAMO DOWN
JOIN US AT PARLIAMENT SQUARE AND HELP DISTRIBUTE OUR FLYERS AND ASK PEOPLE TO SIGN OUR TWO PETITIONS ON GUANTANAMO and UK COMPLICITY IN TORTURE 

Following this vigil (14th Aug.), supporters are encouraged to join us at our (GJC) monthly campaign meeting at PCS HQ, 160 Falcon Road, Battersea, London. The meeting starts at 5.30pm, ends 7pm. 


PANEL DISCUSSION - Wed. 10th July 2019

CIA TORTURE UNREDACTED

A panel discussion with Cori Crider

SAM RAPHAEL, CROFTON BLACK and Ruth BLAKELEY discuss their major new report into the CIA's Rendition, Detention and Interrogation programme.

Wed, 10 July 2019   6pm-8pm

Regent Street UG.05, University of Westminster, 309 Regent St, London, W1B 2HW

Org. by the Rendition Project / TBIJ

Organisers say, "Between 2002 and 2008, the US Central Intelligence Agency, with assistance from the UK and several European states, disappeared scores of terror suspects into a global network of secret prisons or "black sites". They were held incommunicado, tortured, and no public record was made of their fate. For the first time, we present a comprehensive overview of the entire black site network, drawing on new data derived from an unprecedented analysis of the Senate Intelligence Committee's 2014 study of CIA detention. Our discussion will focus on new findings and innovative techniques of open source investigation."

Refreshments will be provided. Panel discussion, with Cori Crider, begins at 6:30pm.

Panel:

Sam Raphael is Reader in International Relations at the University of Westminster, and Co-Director of The Rendition Project.

Crofton Black is a research consultant, open source investigation specialist and co-author of Negative Publicity: Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition (Aperture 2016).

Ruth Blakeley is Professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Sheffield, and Co-Director of The Rendition Project.

Cori Crider, former director at Reprieve, litigated rendition and torture for over a decade; she is now a founder of Foxglove, a startup that aims to make tech accountable.


PROTEST VIGIL - Wed. 10th July 2019
CLOSE GUANTANAMO 
STOP THE ABUSE AND BRUTALITY 
PARLIAMENT SQUARE: WED. 10th July 2019, 1pm-3pm
GUANTANAMO IS AN ILLEGAL USA RUN TORTURE PRISON
DEMAND THE NEXT UK PRIME MINISTER, UK GOVERNMENT MINISTERS, PARTY LEADERS & MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
SPEAK OUT AGAINST INDEFINITE DETENTION AND TORTURE
UK PRIME MINISTER MUST TELL PRESIDENT TRUMP TO SHUT GUANTANAMO DOWN
JOIN US AT PARLIAMENT SQUARE AND HELP DISTRIBUTE OUR FLYERS AND ASK PEOPLE TO SIGN OUR TWO PETITIONS ON GUANTANAMO and UK COMPLICITY IN TORTURE 

NOTE: This month's GJC CAMPAIGN MEETING (10th July) will now take place following this VIGIL, at a new time and location. For our campaign meeting, please first meet up by 3pm at our VIgil in Parliament Square. We will then move to a venue close by the 'Square' to hold our meeting. Our campaign meeting will run from  3.30pm-5pm. This will enable people to attend the CIA TORTURE UNREDACTED panel discussion taking place at Westminster Uni in the evening - see full details for that discussion further above.

Next GJC monthly PROTEST VIGIL - PARLIAMENT SQUARE -  Wed. 12th June
CLOSE GUANTANAMO - END THE TORTURE AND THE BRUTALITY!
WEDNESDAY: 12th June 2019
UK Prime Minister must demand President Trump close Guantanamo
ASSEMBLE: 1pm - 3pm, PARLIAMENT SQUARE, Westminster, London
Nearest tube station: Westminster   -    This event is one of Guantanamo Justice Campaign's regular monthly vigils.
SPREAD THE WORD THAT GUANTANAMO, THE ILLEGAL USA TORTURE PRISON, SHOULD BE CLOSED
DEMAND UK PRIME MINISTER, GOVERNMENT MINISTERS, PARTY LEADERS & MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT SPEAK OUT AGAINST INDEFINITE DETENTION AND TORTURE
HELP DISTRIBUTE LEAFLETS AND ASK PEOPLE TO SIGN OUR TWO PETITIONS ON GUANTANAMO and UK COMPLICITY IN TORTURE

Together Against Trump - Stop the State Visit Demonstration
President Trump’s full state visit to the UK takes place over 3rd- 5th June. 
MOBILISE - DEMONSTRATE 
‘Together Against Trump - Stop the State Visit Demonstration’
4th June to take place in London. 
Organised by ‘Together Against Trump’
ASSEMBLE at 11am, in TRAFALGAR SQUARE

A quarter of a million protested against Tump’s visit to the UK last year. Trump’s policies and public statements have served to fuel racism and far right politics, sow the politics of hate and ferment division. He has shown a disregard for international law with respect to human rights, war and conflict – Guantanamo is one example which continues to be known as a place of brutality and torture where prisoners are denied their human rights and access to justice.  The demonstration in London on the 4th June will highlight many issues, "the fight for migrant and refugee rights, for women’s rights, against the corporate elites and for the future of our planet”. 

Join the protest: Together Against Trump - stop the state visit

GUANTANAMO JUSTICE CAMPAIGN supporters will meet up on 4th June  and …. ASSEMBLE on the steps of St MARTINS IN THE FIELDS, Trafalgar Square at 11am. 

GJC will be joined by LONDON GUANTANAMO CAMPAIGN and others to form a ‘Close Guantanamo’ bloc on this 'NO TO TRUMP' march. 

We will show our opposition to the state visit, saying to the US President Trump, no to racism, no to torture, and demand the closure of Guantanamo prison, and justice for all the prisoners held there. 


Past events 2019

Next PROTEST VIGIL - Wed. 8th May 2019
PARLIAMENT SQUARE, LONDON
CLOSE GUANTANAMO 
STOP THE ABUSE AND BRUTALITY
WED. 8th May 2019, 1pm-3pm
Guantánamo currently holds 40 prisoners, many of whom were tortured. Horrific human rights violations have taken place in this illegal prison. Some detainees at Guantanamo have been cleared for release for years, but are still cruelly held there. They should be released immediately. The UK government must call for Guantanamo to be closed and for an end to indefinite detention and torture. It should also call on the US to respect international and human rights laws as embedded in international agreements such as the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 
This protest coincides with Prime Ministers Questions


GUANTANAMO JUSTICE CAMPAIGN
Next PROTEST VIGIL - Wed. 10th April 2019

PARLIAMENT SQUARE, LONDON
CLOSE GUANTANAMO 
STOP THE ABUSE AND BRUTALITY
WED. 10th April 2019, 1pm-3pm
Coincides with Prime Ministers Questions


UN ANTI-RACISM DAY DEMONSTRATION

Sat 16 March 2019 | 12:00

Assemble: PARK LANE, NEAR DORCHESTER HOTEL, W1K 1QA

NEAREST TUBE: HYDE PARK CORNER     

The TUC and ‘Stand Up to Racism are organising this year’s march and rally. The demonstration will mark the UN Anti Racism Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This will be one of many demonstrations taking place around the world.

Guantanamo Justice Campaign notes that in recent years there has been an increase in attacks perpetrated against minority groups. Members of the Muslim and Jewish communities, gay and disabled people, refugees and migrants, and others including Trade Unionists have suffered these attacks. We must all unite and help build a mass movement against racism and fascism. Racism and fascism only aims to divide us and set one community against another. We say the racist attacks, the threatening and violent behaviours and hate crimes must be stopped.

 Demo organisers say “The demonstration will highlight the UK ‘s international obligations to tackle racism and xenophobia and makes an important public statement that trade unions and other organisations are opposed to the increasingly racist and xenophobic directed against some of the most vulnerable members of our communities.” And call on everybody to “Join us on Saturday 16 March to show that we will not stop until the rise of racism and the far right has been defeated.”


PROTEST VIGIL - 13th March 2019
PARLIAMENT SQUARE, LONDON   
PROTEST VIGIL 
CLOSE GUANTANAMO 
STOP THE ABUSE AND BRUTALITY 
Assemble: 1pm-3pm - on the Square directly opposite Parliament
This is one of GJC's regular monthly vigils in London - do join us.
Placards and banners available to hold. 
Bring along your own made placard with appropriate wording: 
"TRUMP MUST CLOSE THE ILLEGAL PRISON KNOWN AS 
GUANTANAMO"
Organised by GJC      Nearest tube station: Westminster

BOOK LAUNCH: LONDON - 12th March 2019

Jeremy Harding presents GUANTANAMO KID: Jerome Tubiana & Alexandre Franc   

LONDON REVIEW BOOK SHOP - Tuesday 12th MARCH - 7pm   

14 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL

bookshop@lrbbookshop.co.uk

+44 (0) 20 7269 9030

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Mohammed El-Gharani was just a teenager when he left his native country, Saudi Arabia, in order to study English in Pakistan. Shortly after 9/11, he was detained during a raid on his local mosque and taken into the custody of the US army. He was flown first to Kandahar and then to Guantánamo Bay, where he was held and abused for seven years without charge or trial. El-Gharani was one of the youngest prisoners at the camp, and one of the few detainees of African descent.

The journalist and researcher Jérôme Tubiana first told El-Gharani’s story in a Diary piece for the London Review of Books in 2011. In Guantánamo Kid, a collaboration with the comics artist Alexandre Franc, he translates this shocking and important story into graphic novel form.



PROTEST VIGIL - 13th February 2019
PARLIAMENT SQUARE, LONDON
PROTEST VIGIL: CLOSE GUANTANAMO 
STOP THE ABUSE AND BRUTALITY 
 Assemble: 1pm-3pm - on the Square directly opposite Parliament
Organised by GJC



PROTEST VIGIL: CLOSE GUANTANAMO: 11th Jan 2019
17 YEARS  - STOP THE ABUSE AND BRUTALITY
TRAFALGAR SQUARE: 
 Assemble: 12pm-3pm - in front of National Gallery

GJC will be marking the day when prisoners first arrived at the US run illegal prison at Guantanamo Bay on 11th Jan. 2002.  Since 2002, Guantanamo prison has held a total of 780 prisoners. 

40 prisoners remain there and President Trump has previously stated he wishes to send more prisoners there.  The prison is notorious, a symbol of injustice: a place known for torture, abuse, and indefinite detention, where prisoners are denied their human rights. 

 Join us on the concourse in front of the National Gallery, in Trafalgar Square, London on the 11th Jan, from 12pm - 3pm.

Open mic session - readings, speeches, display of posters and placards.

Bring along your letters addressed to PM Theresa May & US President D. Trump

Organised by GJC


PAST EVENTS 2018

GUANTANAMO JUSTICE CAMPAIGN: Regular PROTEST VIGILS 
CLOSE GUANTANAMO: NO TO INDEFINITE DETENTION - NO TO TORTURE
Assemble: PARLIAMENT SQUARE, LONDON: 1pm-3pm        
Next 2018 vigil dates: 12th Dec. 2018
These protest vigils coincide with Prime Ministers Questions. The Prime Minister, Government Ministers and MPs get to see our protest. Join us if you can, stand with us, come hold a campaign placard or banner - call for Gitmo to be shut down, the truth to be told, and justice for the Guantanamo prisoners. 

DEMONSTRATION AGAINST FASCISM & RACISM 

Guantanamo Justice Campaign will meet up at 11.30am at the junction of MARGARET STREET & REGENT STREET.

If you arrive earlier then note the Mustard Cafe is right nearby the junction situated in Margaret Street

At 12 noon we need to be ready to stand and display our banners and placards and join the DEMONSTRATION in Great Portland Street.

See MAP of the area:  MAP 

National Unity Demonstration Against Fascism and Racism

Sat 17 Nov 2018 

Assemble: 12 noon

Central London

Outside BBC, Great Portland Street, Oxford Circus, London

Organised by: Stand Up To Racism, Unite Against Fascism and LoveMusic HateRacism

Stop the War Coalition says "We are experiencing the biggest rise in support for fascism, the far right, racism, Islamophobia and Antisemitism since the 1930s. In Britain fascists and racists are mobilising on a scale not seen for decades. We must unite against this threat. A range of national figures are supporting this national demonstration….The demonstration is initiated by Stand Up To Racism, co-sponsored by Unite Against Fascism and LoveMusic HateRacism, and supported by Diane Abbott MP and John McDonnell MP amongst others.”


UN INTERNATIONAL DAY in support of VICTIMS OF TORTURE   

Please support this event organised by London Guantanamo Campaign

UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

The London Guantánamo Campaign invites you to a

VIGIL IN SOLIDARITY WITH VICTIMS OF CIA TORTURE

With speakers and open mic

Tuesday 26 June 2018, at 6.30-8pm

Outside the US Embassy, 33 Nine Elms Lane, London SW11 7US (nearest underground: Vauxhall)

 On 18 May, Donald Trump’s pick for new CIA chief Gina Haspel was confirmed in the position in spite of her role in running a secret CIA torture prison as part of the extraordinary rendition (kidnap and torture) programme. No officials have ever been prosecuted for their role in post-9/11 torture; instead, they are being promoted. Haspel faces being prosecuted for war crimes if she travels to Europe.

Under the guise of the “war on terror”, the CIA has been involved in torture in many countries across the world, running secret torture facilities in Europe, Asia and Africa, and not-so-secret facilities at Bagram in Afghanistan and Abu Ghraib in Iraq. This was only possible with the complicity of many states worldwide, including the UK.

The CIA’s history of the use of torture, human experimentation and other forms of violence is as old as the spy agency itself, with a history of running and participating in a global torture programme against leftists, nationalists and other Cold War "enemies" throughout Latin America and other parts of the world

Torture does not work and is illegal. It is a tool to break individuals and intimidate communities. While survivors have to live with the consequences of their ordeal and the scars others cannot see for the rest of the lives, the CIA is remorseless and indifferent to the suffering it has caused.

 Take a stand: the LGC has marked this important occasion each year since 2010 and invites you to join us to stand in solidarity with victims worldwide on this day.

 For more details, e-mail london.gtmo@gmail.com or call 07809 757 176

LGC  holds a regular monthly demonstration calling for the closure of Guantánamo Bay. LGC's June demonstration is on Thursday 7 June at 12-2pm outside the US Embassy, 33 Nine Elms Ln, London SW11 7UShttps://www.facebook.com/events/954230551413655/


TRUMP VISITING THE UK? MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!

13 July 2018| London | Together Against Trump: National Demo

DONALD TRUMP IS REPORTED TO BE COMING TO BRITAIN IN JULY 

US President, Donald Trump, is now reported to be coming to Britian in July -  a massive national demonstration against his politics of racism, war and hate is being organised. The demonstration Together Against Trump is published as 13th July. PLAN NOW TO BE ON THE DEMONSTRATION. The date of this protest may change as more about the visit is known. 

Together Against Trump: National Demo

Fri 13 July 2018 | 14:00

**ASSEMBLE @ 2PM**

BBC - PORTLAND PLACE

London W1A 1AA

**RALLY @ 5PM - TRAFALGAR SQUARE **

DONALD TRUMP IS  COMING TO BRITAIN IN JULY 

A MASSIVE NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION AGAINST HIS POLITICS OF RACISM, WAR AND HATE iS BEING PLANNED

StWC says, "This could be a march of millions. 4% of the population - or around 2 million people have said that they would “definitely” take part in protests against the visit.”  

"The Stop Trump Coalition is a network of grassroots campaigns, unions, NGOs and politicians initiated by journalist Owen Jones in February 2017. Stand Up to Trump includes a range of campaigns against war, austerity and racism, as well as public figures who have pledged to mobilise against a Trump visit.  Both organisations have come together for a one-off national demonstration under the banner of Together Against Trump." 

Details of the demo will appear here: http://www.stopwar.org.uk/index.php/events/national-events/3005-14-july-london-together-against-trump-national-demo

Stop Trump’s website can be viewed here: https://www.stoptrump.org.uk/who-we-are/

Stand up to Trump’s website can be viewed here: http://standuptotrump.uk




CLOSE GUANTANAMO 

END THE TORTURE AND THE BRUTALITY!

GUANTANAMO JUSTICE CAMPAIGN 

PROTEST VIGIL

WEDNESDAY: 11th JULY 2018

UK Prime Minister must demand 

President Trump close Guantanamo

ASSEMBLE: 1pm - 3pm, PARLIAMENT SQUARE, Westminster, London

Nearest tube station: Westminster

This event is one of Guantanamo Justice Campaign's regular monthly vigils.



HELP BUILD THE CAMPAIGN
Please join us at our monthly meeting

 Guantanamo Justice Campaign 

Organising Meeting  

Wednesday 8th August 2018,  5.30pm-7.30pm

PCS HQ, 160 Falcon Road, Battersea London SW11

Join us in our campaign for truth, justice and Guantanamo closure. Help plan our campaign actions.  

To receive regular campaign updates and details of future meetings and events please contact GJC, text or message mob. 07756493877, or email gjcampaign2016@gmail.com stating your contact details - name, email, and tel no.