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See below several Guantanamo Justice Campaign supporters 2022 letters: hopefully they will prompt you to write a letter too! Also see further below details of those to whom you could write!

On the 'Closure of the Guantanamo Torture Prison & Justice for Guantanamo Prisoners’

Letter sent to: Elizabeth Truss MP, The [UK] Foreign Secretary,

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, King Charles Street, London SW1A 2AH.

As you may be aware, Human Rights Campaigns and concerned individuals in this country and around the world have been campaigning for many years for the release of prisoners who have been held without any charge or trial in the infamous and illegal Guantanamo Prison. Apart from the horrendous torture and brutality suffered at Bagram and US ‘black sites’ before arriving at Guantanamo, Prisoners have suffered torture, humiliation and abuse and have been deprived of their liberty, some for nearly 20 years.

There has been some progress since President Biden came into office because 21 of the remaining 37 prisoners have now been approved for release. There are 10 other prisoners facing charges in the military commissions and one other man is serving a life sentence after a one-sided trial in 2008 in which he refused to mount a defence. This leaves 5 men still held indefinitely without charge or trial : the ‘forever prisoners’. For Guantanamo to be closed the men held must either be charged or released and yet the Periodic Review Boards, a parole-type process established by President Obama, have continued to uphold the imprisonment of these 5 men.

I understand that it is long-standing policy of the British Government to call for the closure of Guantanamo prison and I would be very interested to know whether you or your colleagues in the Foreign Office have recently made any approaches to President Biden or other members of the US Administration in this regard. I am sure you will agree that in the context of universal human rights and the upholding of the rule of law, it is of paramount importance that prisoners are either charged or released without any further delay.

One of the problems that appears to be holding up the release of prisoners who have been approved for release by the Parole Boards is that the stigma of Guantanamo means there is difficulty in finding countries which will accept them, even though the parole Boards consist of 6 Government Departments including the CIA, who would not take such decisions lightly. I understand the US are paying governments that are willing to accept such a prisoner £1 million or more. Perhaps the British Government could consider taking 1 or more prisoner(s) in order to help its greatest ally and to speed up closure of the prison described by President Obama as ‘a terrible stain on the character of the USA’. Even if you consider that accepting prisoner(s) in the UK is not possible, I urge you to do the following:

1 Publicly re-state the policy of the British Government in relation to the closure of Guantanamo.

2 Personally persuade President Biden or the US Secretary of State to charge or release the ‘forever prisoners’ without any further delay.

3 Encourage the US Administration to do everything possible to place ‘cleared for release’ prisoners in a country where they are happy to go and which will allow them to lead a normal life without restrictions on their human rights.

I look forward to receiving your reply as soon as possible.

The continuing existence of the prison at Guantanamo represents a glaring travesty of human rights and the “profound psychological and physical trauma of torture”

Letter sent to: Prime Minister Boris Johnson,

10 Downing Street, Westminster, London, SW1A 2AA

At this time when the COVID pandemic, the cost of living crisis and the war in Ukraine have been at the forefront of people’s minds, it is easy to overlook the plight of a small and largely forgotten group of prisoners still held at the USA run prison at Guantanamo Bay on the island of Cuba.

Of the 779 prisoners held there over a period of 20 years, 36 still remain, 21 of whom have been cleared for release. Some of these prisoners have waited years for their release to be realised.

All those held at Guantanamo Bay prison since 2002, have suffered torture and abuse, and evidence of this is now being exposed. A deeply moving example of this came in January 2021, in the form of an open letter written to President Joe Biden by 7 former prisoners, urging him to close the prison before its 20th anniversary. All seven prisoners have written books about their ordeal in Guantanamo and include British citizen Moazzam Begg and also Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who is the focus of a recently released film ‘the Mauritanian’ directed by Kevin McDonald.

In their letter, they talk of their experiences and the grave injustice of “imprisoning people indefinitely without trial while subjecting them to torture, cruelty and degrading treatment with no meaningful access to families or proper legal systems”. They also highlight the huge cost - $13m per annum to hold each prisoner - and go on to say “Aside from the moral, legal and public relations disaster that is Guantanamo, some of this money could be easily spent on programs to resettle prisoners and help them rebuild their lives”.

Since his inauguration as US President, Joe Biden and his administration have been making some welcome progress by clearing more prisoners for release. However, most are not able to return to their home country largely due to fears of further torture and abuse they might suffer there so the release of these men depends mostly on the willingness of other countries to receive them.

Recently, in March 2022, it was reported that Fionnuala Ni Aolain, UN Rapporteur and top UN expert on protecting rights while countering terrorism, has received an invitation from Washington to visit the prison at Guantanamo, the first after 20 years of requests. She spoke very movingly and meaningfully about the “profound psychological and physical trauma of torture” experienced by prisoners at Guantanamo, and, regarding those still being held there, stressed the extreme inhumanity of “the continuation of their detention in the site where they experienced such profound violations of their fundamental human rights”

Prime Minister, I call on you to urge President Joe Biden to make every effort to speed up the process of releasing these prisoners, but not only this, to provide what is necessary to give them the essential care and support they need to rebuild their lives.

In addition I call on you, given the special relationship that exists between the U.K. and the USA, to seriously consider the possibility of offering to resettle one or even a number of these men, providing them with a safe and secure home, with the rehabilitation this country can provide. The continuing existence of the prison at Guantanamo represents a glaring travesty of human rights. Please act now to help put this right.

I would appreciate a reply to this letter, especially regarding the points made in the last paragraph above.

Show some mercy!

Email sent to: US President Joe Biden

(to send an email to the US President see here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

According to the Centre for Victims of Torture Abdulhadi al-Iraqi, a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, was diagnosed with spinal stenosis in September 2010 and did not receive treatment for 7 years when he began to feel significant loss of sensation in his feet and loss of bladder control. He was captured in Turkey in 2006 and held by the CIA until he was sent to Guantanamo in 2007. US authorities deemed him involved with both Al Qaeda and the Taliban and he was accused of being involved in war crimes, though information about these crimes is unreliable.

During his time in Guantanamo he did not receive adequate treatment for his health condition. In September 2021 a medical emergency was reported that Abdulhadi had lost all feeling in his lower legs. His solicitor, Susan Hensler, reported that he was unable to walk. Recently a plea deal has been reached and Abdulhadi could be released in 2024. I do hope that the US Government can show some mercy to Abdulhadi and ensure that he receives the best medical treatment and care.

Letter writing is an important part of our campaign

See below some of the people to whom you could send a letter urging the closure of Guantanamo.

Also further below, see some more letters written by GJC supporters.

Write to the US President Joe Biden and insist he close Guantanamo prison.

Send your letter to: US President Joe Biden ,The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500.

Or try phoning: Comments: 202-456-1111 Switchboard: 202-456-1414

Or email your message via: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/#page

Write to UK Prime Minister Liz Truss and call on her to press the US President and his administration to close down Guantanamo, to respect international law on human rights and torture.

Send your letter to: UK Prime Minister Liz Truss, 10 Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA

Or email the PM, using the link: https://email.number10.gov.uk/

You could also write to:

Rt Hon. James Cleverly MP, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, King Charles Street, London, SW1A 2AH, United Kingdom

See other Ministers at the FCO here


See below a few examples of 2021 letters written by GJC campaign supporters

See below - text of a GJC letter published in the Morning Star today

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 10th December 2021

Join January [2022] protest to shut down Gitmo jail

TODAY is UN Human Rights Day, the day the United Nations general assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

The UDHR proclaims the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being - regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. The UDHR is the most translated document in the world but looking around our planet one would not think so, in light of the torture, inequalities, abuses and injustices taking place in so many countries.

The 2021 theme of Human Rights Day is “Equality - reducing inequalities, advancing human rights,” and it is in this context that I wish to remind readers that one of the great injustices of recent years, the illegal Guantanamo Bay prison, is still open and holding 39 prisoners, most of whom have never committed any crime and have never been charged or faced any sort of trial.

Over the years prisoners have been abused, humiliated, tortured, kept in solitary confinement for long periods,

waterboarded and in some cases brutally force-fed when on hunger strike. It is time to close the Guantanamo torture jail and end this sorry chapter in US history.

The Guantanamo Justice Campaign (GJC), formerly the Save Shaker Aamer Campaign, calls on the British government to carry out its declared policy that Guantanamo Prison should be closed and those prisoners who have never been charged be released immediately.

This means that the government must make meaningful and forceful representations to the US administration to this effect, without delay. We urge Star readers and their friends to write to the PM and copy to the Foreign Secretary accordingly, or write direct to US President Joe Biden.

The Guantanamo Network, which comprises GJC, Amnesty, Close Guantanamo and Free- dom from Torture, is organis- ing a major march and rally January 8 to mark 20 years since Gitmo jail was opened. There will be 100 demonstrators dressed in Gitmo uni- form of orange boiler suits and black hoods, marching through central London and petitions and letters will be handed in to 10 Downing Street, plus a rally in Trafalgar Square. Anyone who would like to participate in the event or would like further information, please email: gjcampaign2016@gmail.com

GJC supporters letter sent to the Guardian newspaper

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 10th December 2021

To: Editor of the Guardian

Friday, 10th December is Human Rights Day, the day in 1948 that the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and I ask your readers to think of the remaining prisoners at the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, most of whom have never been charged with a crime. A group of UN experts said on January 11th this year that Guantanamo “ .. is a place of arbitrariness and abuse, a site where torture and ill-treatment were rampant and remains institutionalized, where the rule of law is effectively suspended and where justice is denied.”

Among the prisoners remaining in Guantanamo is Abu Zabaydah, as your readers will be aware from your article of 3rd December, who has been held at Guantanamo for 20 years without trial. Before being transferred to Guantanamo he was held in a US black site prison in Poland where he was subject to “enhanced interrogation” e.g. waterboarded and confined in a small coffin like box.

Other prisoners who have been released without charge from the prison have found themselves in a Kafkaesque world of further imprisonment in third countries, or have been subject to surveillance and interrogation.

It seems that there will be no end to the abuses of Guantanamo.

To: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, U. S. State Department, Washington, DC 20520, USA.

Dear Secretary of State,

Closure of Guantanamo Prison Camp

I am writing to ask you to take urgent action to end the illegal imprisonment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay who have been held for up to 19 years without any charge or trial. Their continued unlawful imprisonment is widely recognised as “a stain on the character of the United States of America”. The only way their torture will be ended is if these prisoners are released and the infamous Guantanamo prison closed.

I know that when President Biden came into office, he committed the Administration to closing Guantanamo as soon as possible and I understand that you fully support this commitment. I am also aware that there are currently 11 prisoners cleared for release and I urge you to immediately appoint a new Special Envoy for Guantanamo Closure, to facilitate the transfer out of Guantanamo of the 11 men still held who have been approved for release.

I would like to point out that it is British Government policy to call for the closure of Guantanamo and that this is supported not only by Human Rights organisations in the USA itself but also in the UK and internationally by prestigious organisations such as Amnesty and Reprieve, and by the Group of which I am a supporter, Guantanamo Justice Campaign (UK).

Secretary of State, please end the terrible injustices for all those prisoners who have been held for so many years without ever being charged with any crime. You can help restore the reputation of the USA as a law-abiding country by closing Guantanamo without delay.

To: US President, Joe Biden, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500.

Dear President Joe Biden,

How can the prison at Guantanamo remain open as US troops withdraw from Afghanistan? The wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and the nebulous war against terror are coming to an end.

There is no justification for continuing to hold prisoners at Guantanamo who fought against US and Allied troops in Afghanistan and who, strictly speaking, are prisoners of war.

While the prison remains open, the US and its allies cannot continue to fool themselves that they belong to rules-based societies.

To: Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, 10 Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA

Dear Prime Minister Boris Johnson,

In June this year two Yemeni men held at the US run military prison known as Guantanamo since 2004 were cleared for transfer to another country, by a US Periodic Review Board. The two men cleared are Abd al-Salam al-Hilah and Sharqawi Abdu Ali al-Hajj. I understand the Periodic Review Board, by consensus, “determined that continued law of war detention of the detainee is no longer necessary to protect against a continuing significant threat to the security of the United States".

The US President, Joe Biden, appears to be aiming to close the prison, hopefully this will be achieved soon. The President correctly recognises the high level of shame the prison’s existence has brought upon his country, including its history of abuse, maltreatment, and torture of those forcibly held there, most without charge or trial and denied their basic human rights.

The prison has certainly come to symbolise the gross excesses of the “war on terror” strategy launched in 2001 by the US administration of former President Bush. So many have spoken out in opposition to its existence, including heads of state, UN representatives, and spokespersons for numerous NGOs and campaigning human rights organisations. Prime Minister, I am sure you are aware of this ever mounting opposition to the existence of this facility operating outside of international law, and still perceived as a place of cruelty, torture, and indefinite detention.

Recently a group of US Senators called upon President Biden to shut down the prison and referred to it as a “symbol of lawlessness and human rights abuses”. They highlighted the fact that many prisoners have been confined for nearly two decades without being charged or tried. Some of those cleared for release have been languishing in the prison for over ten years since being cleared for transfer/release. The Senators urged President Biden to negotiate overseas transfers for those already approved for transfer/release, now numbering eleven prisoners as well as for those prisoners who are not being charged with any crime.

One very positive development is that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said the Biden administration is “actively looking” into recreating the position of a State Department envoy for the closure of Guantanamo. This role was abolished by the Trump administration and its reestablishment would facilitate negotiations with foreign governments to enable the transfer and release of Guantanamo prisoners to other countries.

Prime Minister, I ask you, what are we, the UK, doing to assist President Biden to close Guantanamo? I suggest that if you, Prime Minister, added your voice to the many and spoke out publicly at this time showing support for the urgent need for closure of this illegal prison, as well as for justice for all the 40 men still held in the prison, this would have a significant impact.

I would appreciate knowing of any recent approaches that you or the UK government has made to the US administration on this issue, and whether you or one of the UK’s foreign office ministers raised the issue of Guantanamo with the US President at the G7 Summit held earlier this year at Carbis Bay, Cornwall.

Guantanamo Justice Campaign delivered the following letter to the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson (11.1.2020)

Prime Minister, the illegal US prison known as Guantanamo still remains open after 18 years. Since 11th January 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 attempt to shut down the prison and any return of Guantanamo Bay to Cuba. The ‘Act’ also bars transfer 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 President Trump, which has been widely viewed as an action to keep the facility open indefinitely.

Today Saturday 11th January 2020, Guantanamo Justice Campaign (GJC) marked the day when prisoners first arrived at Guantanamo. A vigil ’18 YEARS – NOT ONE MORE DAY – CLOSE GUANTANAMO – US ILLEGAL TORTURE PRISON’ was held in Trafalgar Square from 1pm-3pm. We demand US President Trump close Guantanamo and end the illegal treatment of the remaining prisoners.

Prime Minister we ask you to make urgent representations to the US President to use his executive powers and close the brutal and illegal prison known as Guantanamo. It serves no useful purpose at all other than to increase tension and division amongst peoples, and to fuel conflict. President Trump’s decision to keep it open with talk of expansion and increased expenditure has been roundly condemned by many, as were his declared intentions to fill the concentration camp with “bad dudes,” “bring back waterboarding ... and a hell of a lot worse”. There must be an end to the practice of illegal imprisonment, indefinite detention and all forms of torture.

Over the years many British MPs have made public their views on the issue, we feel many more, including international heads of state, would follow suit and highlight the prisoners’ plight if you were to give a lead. It remains our view that holding talks behind closed doors is not enough. When people have for eighteen years been unlawfully detained, most cruelly abused, and denied their human rights, and are now being held in indefinite detention without hope for justice, surely the UK government must take a more public, robust and critical approach. We urge you, Prime Minister and your government, to make a clear public statement on these matters – calling for the illegal prison to be swiftly closed down, and justice for all Guantanamo prisoners.

Of immediate concern to us is the situation of five prisoners, known to have been already cleared for release. They are: 038 Al Yazidi; Ridah (Tunisia); 309 Abdal Sattar, Muieen (UAE); 893 Al Bihani, Tawfiq (Saudi Arabia); 694 Barhoumi, Sufyian (Algeria); 244 Nasir, Abdul Latif (Morocco). These five Guantanamo detainees have been cleared for transfer by all relevant U.S. government offices and agencies. All five have been held without trial for more than 15 years. It is understood that their transfer would not be a threat to the United States. Surely any country claiming to be a democracy should respect its own release and transfer process. We call upon you Prime Minister, as a matter of urgency, to raise their cases with the US President, stressing that their continued forced detention in Guantanamo must end, their human rights must be immediately reinstated, and their transfer or release arrangements must be set in motion, all without further delay.

Guantanamo Justice Campaign sent the following to UK Prime Minister Theresa May (11.3.2018).

"Guantanamo prison is notorious, a symbol of injustice: still known for torture, abuse, and indefinite detention, where prisoners are denied their human rights. Since 2002, the prison has held a total of 780 prisoners. Now at the beginning of 2018, 41 prisoners remain there. Today Thursday 11th January Guantanamo Justice Campaign (GJC) marks the moment when prisoners first arrived at Guantanamo with a vigil running from 12noon-3pm. Our vigil ‘GITMO MUST BE CLOSED - DEMAND TRUTH AND JUSTICE - 16 YEARS - STOP THE ABUSE AND BRUTALITY’ takes place in Trafalgar Square.

The US elected a man who during the US Presidential election campaign promised he would maintain the Guantanamo Bay concentration camp, fill it with “bad dudes,” “bring back waterboarding ... and a hell of a lot worse”. In office President Trump has shown a total disregard and contempt for human rights law by his statements, on torture, imprisonment outside of law, the Guantanamo prisoners, and what he intends to do with the infamous US run Guantanamo prison which sits on occupied land. Overall he is taking the US further down a road that ignores international law and undermines the authority of the UN, and can only serve to create wider divisions amongst peoples and fuel violent conflict.

Torture and ill-treatment is known to continue at Guantanamo. Recently UN special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer revealed that Guantanamo prisoner, Ammar al-Baluchi, is still being tortured. Melzer noted the historic use of torture in CIA custody has not yet led to prosecutions, and further warned, that by "failing to prosecute the crime of torture in CIA custody, the U.S. is in clear violation of the Convention against Torture and is sending a dangerous message of complacency and impunity to officials in the U.S. and around the world.” It needs to be made absolutely clear to the US President and his administration that people in the UK and people around the world are outraged by the policies and values promoted by President Trump and this includes the continued existence of Guantanamo and its heinous practices.

GJC’s most recent letter to you Prime Minister asked you "to make urgent representations to the US President to close the illegal prison known as Guantanamo, not relocate it to a US mainland prison where this unlawful travesty of justice will be hidden from view, and to end the practice of indefinite detention and all methods of torture.” We stressed that it was imperative that you and your government, strongly challenge any attempts by the US to reintroduce torture. We stated our view that holding talks behind closed doors are not enough. Some courageous Members of Parliament have already spoken out in public and many more would follow if you too were seen to make a clear public statement on these matters – calling for the illegal prison to be closed down. Last October, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson, went on a 24 fast in solidarity with Guantanamo prisoners on hunger strike in peaceful protest at their unjust detention. More UK Government Ministers and Members of Parliament need to step up and highlight the prisoners’ plight.

Our letter to you concluded "We would appreciate knowing your views on the issues we have raised above, and news of any positive outcomes stemming from any communications, talks, discussions that you or your government Ministers have held with your US counterparts regarding the illegal Guantanamo prison, the related issue of prisoners human rights being denied there, and the issues of torture and indefinite detention.” We still await a reply from No 10.

Guantanamo Justice Campaign is opposed all forms of racism and bigotry. We stand together with others against those who engage in illegal military interventions and aggressive wars that have resulted in so much death and destruction. We call on the US to respect international and human rights law embedded in such agreements as the Geneva Convention, UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention Against Torture. President Trump has the powers to set the closure of Guantanamo in motion and do much more besides, to end the drift towards further aggressive war and instead, work for peaceful solutions.

We hope you agree with us Prime Minister that without any hesitation President Trump should use his executive powers now, shut Guantanamo down, and end the brutality, indefinite detention and torture. We would appreciate knowing your views on the issues we have raised above, and news of any positive outcomes stemming from any communications, talks, discussions that you or your government Ministers have held with your US counterparts regarding the illegal Guantanamo prison, the related issue of prisoners human rights being denied there, and the issues of torture and indefinite detention."

GJC letter to US President Donald Trump (2018)

"Guantanamo Justice Campaign (GJC), formerly the Save Shaker Aamer Campaign (SSAC), believes the closure of Guantanamo prison is long overdue. Those who have argued that Guantanamo should have never been set up in the first place, that such a prison could only exist outside of international law, that it practiced torture and ignored human rights law, and could only bring the US into disrepute and ridicule, have been proven correct. The prison continues to project to the world a United States ready to ride roughshod over international agreements, and use brutal methods to hold people illegally. In this situation truth, justice, and human rights are seen to be jettisoned.

Guantanamo prison, set up outside of international law by the United States in 2001, has become notorious for its use of abuse, brutality, and torture. Prisoners have been denied their human rights in violation of the Geneva Convention (articles 3,17 and 109). For years, the US has flouted the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (specifically articles 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10). It is well known prisoners in Guantanamo have experienced years of cruel and inhumane treatment and some have died there.

Amongst the forty one prisoners who still remain there without charge or trial a number have already been cleared for release. We understand the five prisoners in Guantanamo already cleared for release are: Prisoner #38 Ridah Bin Saleh Al-Yazidi who has been detained for fifteen years and cleared for release for ten years; prisoner #309 Muieen Adeen Al-Sattar detained for fifteen years and cleared for seven years; prisoner #893 Tawfiq Nasir Awad Al-Bihani detained for fourteen years and cleared for seven years; prisoner #244 Abdul Latif Nasir detained for fifteen years and cleared fo one year; prisoner #694 Sufyian Barhoumi detained for fifteen years and also cleared for one year. It is our view that all five men should be immediately released back to their families.

We also draw your attention to another case. Guantanamo prisoner Ahmed Mohammed Al Darbi was meant to go home to Saudi Arabia, he we understand has turned state witness and his lawyers have argued he now should be released. Ahmed al Darbi, 43, was said by Pentagon spokeswoman Navy Cmdr. Sarah Higgins to have “complied with all terms of his plea agreement,” – this statement she made in response to a query from the Miami Herald.

Guantanamo is clearly a stain on the reputation of the US but remains open. It has damaged the national security of the US and it is a symbol of injustice to the whole world. The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) report (2014), ‘Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program’, revealed the extensive and systematic use of torture in the US run prison. International organisations including the United Nations, have called for Guantanamo to close. We welcomed President Obama’s announcements when he recognized the extent of worldwide opinion and promised to close the facility but he failed to achieve and honour his repeated pledges. The prison’s existence adversely affects much of the developed world, it brings shame on many countries of the world, and encourages other countries to disregard international law.

Millions around the world believe Guantanamo should be closed. The UN has advised the US to close the facility, world leaders have voiced similar. Former UK Prime Minister’s and their governments have come to the view that Guantanamo should be closed. Those prisoners cleared for release should be released without delay, and the remaining prisoners should have full access to justice.

The shameful ordeal of those subjected to abduction, rendition, torture, abuse, and years of detention without trial, must never happen again. We put to you that justice requires transparency and accountability, and a deep respect for international law as reflected, for example, in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

We urge you, President Trump, to hold dear, human rights, justice, and world peace. We call on you, President, to make plans to close the prison facilities at Guantanamo Bay. We ask you to act with determination to end the illegal treatment of the remaining prisoners. Guantanamo must be shut down and not be relocated or re-established in any form. The inhumane practice of indefinite detention must end. Only 41 prisoners remain at Guantanamo, all have suffered great injustice. This unlawful travesty of justice must be removed from the face of the world."