GUANTANAMO JUSTICE CAMPAIGN
Guantanamo Justice Campaign (GJC) - truth and justice for victims of tortureThe UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:“Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” (Article 3),“No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” (Article 5),“No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.” (Article 9).
HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
USA MUST CLOSE GUANTANAMO
RENDITION AND COMPLICITY IN TORTURE
Role of UK intelligence officials to be examined
Scotland Yard has confirmed that a senior investigating officer has begun examining the role of UK intelligence officials during questioning of a prisoner at CIA “black sites”. Full story: here
Final report: Investigations into CIA torture flights
Police investigating the use of Scottish airports by CIA torture flights have filed a final report to prosecutors “more than five years after the probe began”. Prosecutors could now level charges against US officials or organisations involved in the flights. Lord advocate Frank Mulholland ordered the police inquiry in 2013. It has been reported that politicians have “welcomed the breakthrough” but also demanded Mulholland’s successor James Wolffe outline “where the investigation is going”. Full story: here
British Government misses own torture inquiry deadline
Five senior MPs and peers who have served in the armed forces – Tories Andrew Mitchell, David Davis and Crispin Blunt, the former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown and Labour’s Dan Jarvis, wrote to May to say that an inquiry was needed in order to learn from the lessons of the past. Labour said that it would hold an inquiry, if elected, if the government failed to do so.
The shadow attorney general, Shami Chakrabarti, said: “The government has now failed to meet its own deadline for a response to cross-party calls for a judge-led inquiry. At a time when the US president has endorsed the use of waterboarding ‘and a hell of a lot worse’, it has never been more important that the UK stand firm against the use of torture and mistreatment.”
Full article here
Debate in Parliament: Detainee Mistreatment & Rendition - 2nd July 2018 - Hse of Commons Chamber.
See debate here
Reprieve: Torture Inquiry long overdue
Reprieve director Maya Foa said: “The only way for the UK to regain moral authority on this issue is to fully examine and expose past wrongs.
See article here
NGOs deliver Petition to UK Prime Minister Theresa May
On 6th August 2018, representatives of Amnesty International, Freedom From Torture, Liberty and Reprieve delivered a 27,000-signature petition to Theresa May demanding she restore her predecessor David Cameron’s broken promise to hold an inquiry into British complicity in the use of torture by the US.
See article: here
Watch Reprieve's video: here
On 28th June 2018 the UK Intelligence & Security Committee of Parliament published two reports -
"Detainee Mistreatment and Rendition: 2001-2010" and "Detainee Mistreatment and Rendition: Current Issues" These contain the findings and conclusions of the Committee's inquiry into detainee mistreatment and rendition.
See statements and access the two reports on ISC webpage: here
Amnesty International director Kate Allen has said: “A curtain has been lifted to reveal some of the grisly reality of UK officials’ involvement in torture, but now we need to see a proper inquiry into it.” But she told the Star that the ISC remit had been “very much controlled. They are appointed by the prime minister. They don’t have the power to subpoena witnesses, they only get to see evidence and witnesses that the prime minister approves of, so it’s not independent.” Ms Allen added: “We can have no confidence that [British involvement in torture] won’t happen again until we understand exactly what did take place.”
"Guantanamo Justice Campaign (GJC) continues to hold the view that there is an urgent need for an independent, judge-led public inquiry to be set up to look into the allegations of complicity by UK Security Service agencies in torture abroad. We have repeatedly raised this as one of our key demands with successive UK Prime Ministers, the previous Gibson Inquiry as well as the current UK Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), and have regularly highlighted the issue at our protest events, whether held at Parliament Square, Downing Street, or MI6.
Freedom From Torture chief executive Sonya Sceats has said: “Britain needs to stand up against torture, not be complicit. The Prime Minister must act to ensure this can never happen again.”
DEMONSTRATE - LONDON
SATURDAY - 8th JANUARY 2022
20 YEARS OF GUANTANAMO: CLOSE IT NOW!
GUANTANAMO JUSTICE CAMPAIGN (GJC)
Guantanamo Justice Campaign (GJC) meetings and events, for the present, take place online. However, we ask all activists and supporters to note the 'street' protest actions currently taking place, and we request all who can, to attend and support them. We will continue to monitor the situation with regard to the coronavirus. Campaign actions feature on our HOME and EVENTS page .
HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 10th Dec. 2021
On Human Rights Day 2021, Guantanamo Justice Campaign (GJC), formerly the Save Shaker Aamer Campaign (SSAC), is again calling on the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to make urgent representations to the US President, Joe Biden, to close the illegal prison known as Guantanamo that operates outside of international law, and to end the practice of indefinite detention and all methods of torture.
Join January protest to shut down Gitmo jail
DEMONSTRATION - WESTMINSTER, LONDON Call for the closure of Guantanamo
Sat. 8th Jan. 2022
Guantanamo 20 Years After Conference - University of Brighton
Friday 12th/Saturday 13th November 2021– a two day on-line international conference hosted by the University of Brighton: Guantánamo: 20 Years After.
Saturday 6th November 2021
Guantanamo Justice Campaign leaflet session
Film screening THE MAURITANIAN
Tuesday 2nd November 2021
Screening of The Mauritanian
at The Depot Cinema with Q&A session.
The People's Assembly national demonstration
Saturday 26th JUNE
GUANTANAMO JUSTICE CAMPAIGN activists and supporters who can are urged to attend the People's Assembly National Demonstration in London and join up with the LONDON GUANTANAMO CAMPAIGN at midday.
LONDON GUANTANAMO CAMPAIGN are 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."
Assemble: Portland Place (steps of All Souls Church, Langham Place), near BBC, at 12 noon
LGC activists will be protesting in orange jumpsuits to raise awareness about Guantanamo and the remaining 40 prisoners forcibly held there, so do remember to take along your own, otherwise please offer to hand out leaflets on the campaign to shut down the US torture prison.
INTERNATIONAL DAY IN SUPPORT
OF THE VICTIMS OF TORTURE
Note that the 26th JUNE is also the INTERNATIONAL DAY IN SUPPORT OF THE VICTIMS OF TORTURE. It is a moment to remember and highlight the terrible injustices associated with the setting up of US secret illegal prisons and those more visible such as Guantanamo, and other sites used - such as Abu Ghraib, and Kandahar. In circumstances where the pain and suffering of so many people, victims of human rights violations, abuse and mistreatment, kidnapping, rendition, and torture, and imprisonment without charge or trial, has been so great. Our call must be loud and clear 'USA SHUT DOWN GUANTANAMO NOW!'
* See a selection of GJC campaign POSTERS/PLACARDS - see below - if possible, do print one of them, we suggest A2, A3 or A4 size, and take it along with you to the People's Assembly national DEMONSTRATION on 26th June.
* You could also take a photograph of yourself, with friends and other campaigners holding up the placards, either at the DEMONSTRATION, or when you can.
* You could send your protest photo to Guantanamo Justice Campaign for display on our website to show your support for the campaign's demand, US President BIDEN must 'CLOSE DOWN GUANTANAMO'
* Send your protest photos to: email@example.com
LGC US EMBASSY DEMONSTRATIONS 'SHUT GUANTANAMO'
RESUME - JULY 2021
London Guantanamo Campaign 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."
See video of some of LGC protests outside the previous US Embassy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVZMahEpVf8
LEWES AMNESTY GROUP - HOLDS SILENT VIGIL IN BRIGHTON
Lewes Amnesty group, and supported by others, held a silent protest (29th May 2021) standing in orange jumpsuits and black hoods. Campaigners gathered outside Churchill Square and residents and visitors to the town had the opportunity to find out more when campaigners demonstrated outside the Brighton shopping centre. The action raised awareness that hundreds of prisoners had been held over many years at the US run illegal prison, where 40 men are still forcibly held. Some prisoners have been cleared for release, but not released, some have been waiting for 10 years after being cleared for release. The group’s campaign banner called for the prison to be closed down, campaigners stood dignified and silent while holding photos of the prisoners still held there.
A spokesperson for Lewes Amnesty has said "It was great to have members of different organisations including the Guantanamo Justice Campaign, Amnesty Groups, Brighton University students and other campaigning organisation working together on this today."
Article in local Sussex newspaper reported on the campaign action:
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 2021 is the official launch day of the film 'THE MAURITANIAN'.
Guantanamo Justice Campaign supporters are requested to make every effort to take part in this jointly supported 'SHUT DOWN GUANTANAMO' protest 'photo' action, taken to coincide with the launch of 'The Mauritanian'. You are encouraged to use the placard design provided - see below - or design one similar. Take a photo of yourself holding the placard so the message can be read clearly - approach friends and contacts do the same. The more photos sent in the better!
You are asked to send your photo/s to firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com - we will then place your photo on our GJC website (GALLERY page).
DO FEEL FREE TO SEND TO GJC AT ANY TIME photos of yourself holding up a placard with an appropriate message:
US MUST CLOSE GUANTANAMO or SHUT DOWN GUANTANAMO or BIDEN MUST CLOSE GUANTANAMO NOW!
ALTERNATIVELY SEND US A PHOTO OF YOUR OWN MADE
SHUT DOWN GUANTANAMO PLACARD OR MESSAGE FOR DISPLAY ON OUR WEBSITE
OR COPY, PRINT AND USE THE ONE HERE BELOW
SHUT DOWN GUANTANAMO online action
Thurs. 1st April 2021
MARK THE DAY WHEN GUANTANAMO WAS OPENED
11th JANUARY 2021 - 19 YEARS - NOT ONE MORE DAY
END THE TORTURE - CLOSE GUANTANAMO
TAKE ACTION AND JOIN THE ONLINE EVENTS
SEE ALL DETAILS AND JOINING LINKS BELOW
On the 11th January 2021, Guantanamo will have been open for 19 long years. This brutal US concentration camp still operates outside of international law. It is inhumane, illegal, cruel and despicable to incarcerate people, deny them their human rights, and then hold them indefinitely without charge or trial.
TAKE ACTION NOW! see the requests below for YOU to take action AND join the ONLINE EVENTS taking place on the day - details and links for joining the events - organised or hosted by several campaigning organisations - see further below.
SEND LETTERS/ EMAILS - DEMAND AN END TO THIS BRUTALITY
Write to US President elect JOE BIDEN and Vice-President-elect KAMALA HARRIS. Make sure your letter includes the demand that BIDEN prioritises the closure of Guantanamo.
Write to them at:
*Joe Biden President-Elect United States of America, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20230
*Kamala Harris Vice President-Elect United States of America, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20230
When addressing your letter/s use, Dear President-Elect Joe Biden, and/or Dear Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. Please also remember to state your name, full postal address, and date the letter
You could also try sending your letter/email to US President elect Joe Biden (prior to his inauguration) via this link: Send Biden a question or two, or paste in your letter, using the form you can find here at https://go.joebiden.com/page/s/contact-us
Write to UK Prime Minister BORIS JOHNSON. Stress he take appropriate actions to help bring about a swift closure of the illegal prison - Guantanamo - and along with closure, call for justice for all the victims of torture.
Write to PM Boris Johnson, and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab) at:
*UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, 10 Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA or email the PM, using the link: https://email.number10.gov.uk/
*UK Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab MP, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, King Charles St, , London, SW1A 2AH, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
GUANTANAMO - 19th ANNIVERSARY
11th Jan 2021 - ONLINE EVENTS/ ACTIONS
LONDON GUANTANAMO CAMPAIGN - DAY OF PROTEST AND SOLIDARITY
Tomorrow, 11 January 2021, the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay turns 19. Forty prisoners remain, mostly without charge or trial throughout this period.
LGC says "Please join us for a day of protest and solidarity online by taking a photo/making a video/making a banner/sharing your comment with us throughout the day via Facebook on our page https://www.facebook.com/London-Guantánamo-Campaign-114010671973111/ or Twitter @shutguantanamo with your message to Joe Biden to close Guantánamo when he takes office. If you do not use Facebook or Twitter, please email us your message and pictures: email@example.com and we will share them for you. The London Guantánamo Campaign is not on Instagram but please feel free to get the conversation going there as well with your friends. Please use the hashtag #GitmoIs19
If you are on Twitter, please join us for a Twitter storm on 11 January at 8-9pm GMT (3-4pm EST). Suggested tweets will be available on our website shortly before on the day. #GitmoIs19
LEWES AMNESTY GROUP - GUANTANAMO ANNIVERSARY - ONLINE TALK
19th Guantanamo Anniversary - Talk by former detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi - Monday the 11th of January, 2021 at 7pm GMT
Lewes Amnesty Group says "Lewes Amnesty Group is delighted to invite all local Amnesty group members to attend a talk by former Guantanamo detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi to mark the 19th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo Bay Detention Center and to remember the forty men who remain in Guantanamo today (either detained without charge or trial or who have been subjected to unfair trials).
Chaired by AIUK Board member Hugh Sandeman, the event will also highlight Amnesty’s new report on Guantanamo being issued on 11th January and examples of campaigning work previously undertaken by Lewes Amnesty Group. We call on all local Amnesty groups to join us in taking action over the coming year to demand that Guantanamo be closed and for justice for the 40 men who still detained in Guantanamo today.
This meeting will help us plan for how to influence the new US administration. We will also hear more about the film The Mauritanian, based on Mr. Slahi's ordeal, which is due for release in the United States at the end of February. It will be held on Zoom next Monday the 11th of January, 2021 at 7pm GMT.
Admission to this event is free to the general public. If you wish to attend you are asked to complete the form on Lewes Amnesty Group's website.
LINK TO LEWES AMNESTY GROUP WEBSITE FOR NON-MEMBERS: http://amnestylewes.org/index.php/2021/01/05/mohamedou-11jan2021/
Note: Amnesty International will publish a new report about the detention facility on 11 January 2021.
HOSTED by CAGE - GUANTANAMO END GAME?
ONLINE EVENT WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
WEBINAR: GUANTANAMO END GAME? Monday 11th January 2021 at 6.30pm
HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
10th DECEMBER is HUMAN RIGHTS DAY: 72 years ago, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR) - a ground-breaking document which set out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected. On December 10th, International Human Rights Day, people all over the world mark the day when the inalienable human rights of everyone were enshrined in the United Nations Declaration of Universal Human Rights. The prohibition of torture is a key principle of international law, a principle deeply embedded in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), European Convention on Human Rights (1950), and the UN Torture Convention (1984). The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, described by the UN as a “milestone document in the history of human rights”, sets out the fundamental human rights to be universally protected.
Article 5 of the UNDHR, states that,
“No-one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
Article 9 says “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.”
CAGE says “To mark the 19th anniversary of Guantanamo's opening, we will hold a unique event online with some very special guests. We are honoured to have with usMohamedou Ould Slahi from Mauritania who authored his book "Guantanamo diaries" during his 14 years at the camp. His life is depicted in the upcoming Hollywood movie "The Mauritanian". We will also have Abdulbasit, a survivor of Bagram prison who will speak about the current efforts to secure the freedom of his brother Muhammad Rahim, one of the two last Afghans still in Guantanamo without charge. Of course, CAGE's Outreach Director Moazzam Begg will be there to discuss how we can turn this dark page of history once and for all inshaAllah"
Attendance is FREE, you only need to register to secure your seat!
MARKING THE DAY - GUANTANAMO ANNIVERSARY - 11th JANUARY 2021
DEMAND US PRESIDENT ELECT JOE BIDEN TAKE ACTION
TO CLOSE GUANTANAMO
The following letter (see below) was sent to the press (9.1.21) signed by representatives of both London Guantanamo Campaign (LGC) and Guantanamo Justice Campaign (GJC).
Today (11 January) marks the anniversary of the opening of the US war on terror detention camp at Guantánamo Bay where 40 men remain after 19 years. Most have never been charged and do not face trial. Those who face trial do so almost wholly on the basis of evidence obtained through the use of torture. Almost two decades on, Guantánamo Bay remains a stain on the human rights record of twenty first century western civilisation.
While Joe Biden’s upcoming inauguration offers hope of a new opportunity to close Guantánamo Bay, we must not forget the role other states have played in perpetuating this lawless black hole, including the United Kingdom, through facilitating the rendition to torture and arbitrary detention of prisoners and failing to take immediate responsibility for their citizens.
As well as urge Joe Biden to take action to close Guantánamo and release the remaining prisoners to safety, such states must hold themselves to account for their own potential war crimes in the war on terror, as Australia has recently done, and in the case of the UK, reconsider provisions in the current Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill 2019 that grant impunity for potential war crimes to our military personnel.
The Guantanamo Justice Campaign (GJC) poster statement for Human Rights Day was published by the Morning Star on the 10.12.2020
HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 10th DEC. 2020
USA MUST CLOSE GUANTANAMO
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...........
See full statement on our EVENTS page.
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.
LONDON GUANTANAMO CAMPAIGN
'Shut Guantánamo!' DEMONSTRATIONS OUTSIDE THE US EMBASSY
Check the LGC website/facebook for details and latest updates. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Share your protest picture/video to LGC's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/London-Guantánamo-Campaign-114010671973111/
WE MARKED THE DAY
NOT ONE MORE DAY
11th January 2020
See photos on our GALLERY page
No To Trump
No To Nato
3rd Dec. 2019
Org. by StWC
CIA TORTURE UNREDACTED
A panel discussion with Cori Crider
Prof. Ruth Blakeley
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
Full details: here
Sat 16th March
Assemble 12 noon
PARK LANE, LONDON
NEAR DORCHESTER HOTEL
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.
On Saturday Guantanamo Justice Campaign will join the many marching against racism and fascism. GJC also calls on President Trump to shut down Guantanamo.
BOOK LAUNCH LONDON
12th March 2019
Jeremy Harding presents GUANTANAMO KID: Jerome Tubiana & Alexandre Franc
LONDON REVIEW BOOK SHOP
Tues 12th MARCH - 7pm
14 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL
+44 (0) 20 7269 9030
Book Tickets: here
LONDON GUANTANAMO CAMPAIGN
7th March. 2019
33 Nine Elms Lane, London SW11 7US
PETITION to sign:
CLOSE GUANTANAMO BAY
As of January 30th 2018, President Trump ended the US Government’s commitment to closing Guantanamo. Sign REPRIEVE's petition to the President, calling on him to end the years of injustice and abuse at America's illegal prison. 25,326 signatures already achieved. Help Reprieve reach 50,000.
You can sign the petition here:
DONATE TO THE GUANTANAMO JUSTICE CAMPAIGN
You can make a donation to the work of Guantanamo Justice Campaign using the following information: Bank: The Co-operative Bank Account name: Guantanamo Justice Campaign Sort code: 08 92 99 Account number: 65467002
PROTEST VIGIL: CLOSE GUANTANAMO
18 YEARS - NOT ONE MORE DAY
STOP THE ABUSE AND BRUTALITY
SATURDAY 11th January 2020
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.
The prison is notorious, a symbol of injustice: a place known for torture, abuse, and indefinite detention, where prisoners are denied their human rights. Just 40 prisoners remain incarcerated and US President Trump has previously stated he wishes to send more prisoners there. Last month, provisions in the new US National Defence Authorisation Act, signed into law by President Trump, effectively block any attempts to shut down Gitmo and any return of Guantanamo Bay to Cuba. The ‘Act’ also bars transfers of Guantanamo prisoners to the US for prosecution or medical attention and treatment. The requirements of the ‘Act’ are in line with the January 2018 executive order signed by Trump which was widely viewed as an action to keep Guantanamo open indefinitely.
Our vigil calls on US President Trump to close Guantanamo and end the illegal treatment of the remaining prisoners.
We will also demand that the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, makes urgent representations to the US President to close the brutal and illegal concentration camp.
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.
Our vigil will demand US President Trump close Guantanamo to end the illegal treatment of the remaining prisoners. We will also demand that the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, makes urgent representations to the US President to close the brutal and illegal concentration camp.
Also on 11th January 2020: 4.30pm at DOWNING STREET
Following our vigil a GJC DEPUTATION will hand in a signed letter to:
Prime Minister Boris Johnson at No. 10, Downing Street at 4.30pm
Bring along your letter/s addressed to the Prime Minister which GJC will ensure the Prime Minister receives. Hand in your letters to GJC at our vigil (1pm at North Terrace, Trafalgar Square) or to our deputation (4.30pm at Downing Street gates)
Organised by Guantanamo Justice Campaign (GJC) See more at: www.guantanamojusticecampaignuk.org
No War on Iran Demonstration:
Sat 11th January
Assemble 12pm - Outside the BBC, Portland Place, March to Trafalgar Square
Organised by: Stop the War Coalition & CND **NO WAR ON IRAN - NO WAR ON IRAQ - TROOPS OUT OF IRAQ**
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.”
SIGN PETITION: The US assassination of Iranian General Qasim Soleimani can only be seen as a cruel, violent and illegal act. It has raised tensions in the Middle East to an extremely high level. Lindsey German of StWC has referred to the US as “an act of war by Donald Trump” and has warned that “It will draw in major powers across the region including Israel, Saudi Arabia and possibly Russia”. Labour MP Richard Burgon has warned that President Trump’s actions could lead to war with Iran that would be even “worse than that on Iraq” in 2003. Jeremy Corbyn has said the UK government should urge “restraint on the part of both Iran and the US, and stand up to the belligerent actions and rhetoric coming from the United States”. He has called on all countries in the region and beyond to “ratchet down the tensions avoid deepening conflict, which can only bring further misery to the region”.
SIGN PETITION: "Boris Johnson: We demand that Boris Johnson rules out military action against Iran”
Sign here: http://chng.it/fHN2gQc5gY
SEE BELOW - 2018 & 2019 ACTIONS
AND SEE MORE ON OUR EVENTS PAGE
No to Trump - No to NATO - National Demonstration
Tuesday 3rd December 2019
Assemble: Trafalgar Sq, London - 4PM
[Note the 'Close Guantanamo' contingent: Guantanamo Justice Campaign, London Guantanamo Campaign and others meet up at Trafalgar Square on the steps of St Martins in the Fields Church at 3pm, bring banners and placards]
March to Buckingham Palace
Organised by: Stop the War Coalition & CND
Donald Trump is coming to London in December for the NATO Heads of State summit. On Tuesday 3rd December, the Queen will be hosting a reception for NATO leaders at Buckingham Palace and it's crucial we raise our voices against the world's largest nuclear-armed military alliance which is overseen by one of the most reckless US Presidents in history.
GUANTANAMO JUSTICE CAMPAIGN monthly VIGIL
PROTEST VIGIL - Wed. 13th November 2019
STOP THE ABUSE AND BRUTALITY
DOWNING STREET: WED. 13th November 2019, 1pm-3pm
Assemble: opposite DOWNING STREET, Westminster, London
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 DOWNING STREET AND HELP DISTRIBUTE OUR FLYERS AND ASK PEOPLE TO SIGN OUR TWO PETITIONS ON GUANTANAMO and UK COMPLICITY IN TORTURE
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.
Demand that the UK Prime Minister:
1) Speaks out publicly and calls for the closure of the US run illegal prison known as Guantanamo
2) Sets up a comprehensive and independent judge-led inquiry into Britain’s involvement with extra -judicial torture and rendition. Such an inquiry must look into the allegations of complicity by UK security service agencies in torture abroad, truth must be told.
UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:
“Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” (Article 3),
“No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” (Article 5),
“No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.” (Article 9).
Along with others, Guantanamo Justice Campaign continues to campaign to help bring about closure of the illegal prison known as Guantanamo, and justice for all the prisoners. We will continue to demand that the US closes Guantanamo, and insist Prime Minister Theresa May and her Government also step up and call for the closure of Guantanamo and an end to torture.
Guantanamo Justice Campaign says "Any return to the use of torture by the US must be robustly opposed".
As the leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, has said, torture is “ inhumane, illegal and delivers false intelligence”.
SEE MORE BELOW
See below - Together Against Trump protests:
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
Further details: Stop the War Coalition
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 the '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.
Protest at the Palace: Spoil Trumps Banquet
Monday 3rd June, 5.30pm:
The Spur outside Buckingham Palace, SW1A 1AA.
Bring pots and pans, vuvuzelas, musical instruments etc and make some noise!
Monday 3rd June & Tuesday 4th June 2019 in LONDON
GUANTANAMO JUSTICE CAMPAIGN at the
TOGETHER AGAINST TRUMP DEMONSTRATION
NO TO TRUMP - 4th JUNE 2019
Sat 16th March 2019
Assemble 12 noon
PARK LANE, LONDON
NEAR DORCHESTER HOTEL, W1K 1QA NEAREST TUBE: HYDE PARK CORNER
Guantanamo Justice Campaign at NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION
TOGETHER AGAINST TRUMP 2018
Guantanamo Justice Campaign
at TOLPUDDLE MARTYRS' FESTIVAL 2019
19th, 20th, 21st JULY
GJC's campaign stall was located in the Main Marquee at the Tolpuddle Festival on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July.
Every year in July, thousands of people enjoy the Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival.
It is a weekend of family entertainment, stalls, political debate, comedy, music and a grand procession through the village.
Read the Martyrs story: Visit the TOLPUDDLE MARTYRS FESTIVAL website: https://www.tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk/welcome
“In 1834, farm workers in west Dorset formed a trade union. Unions were lawful and growing fast but six leaders of the union were arrested and sentenced to seven years’ transportation for taking an oath of secrecy. A massive protest swept across the country. Thousands of people marched through London and many more organised petitions and protest meetings to demand their freedom.” ......“the Tolpuddle Martyrs changed the face of social history and, through their beliefs and actions, made such an impact on society.”
GJC at TOLPUDDLE FESTIVAL 2018