Amnesty International USA Executive Director Suzanne Nossel Responds to Death of Adnan Latif, Guantanamo Detainee

Press Release
September 11, 2012

Amnesty International USA Executive Director Suzanne Nossel Responds to Death of Adnan Latif, Guantanamo Detainee

Human Rights Organization Urges for A Full Public Investigation of Detainee’s Death

Contact: Sharon Singh, ssingh@aiusa.org, 202-675-8579, @spksingh

(Washington, D.C.) -- Suzanne Nossel, Amnesty International USA executive director, issued the following statement in response to the death of Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif, a detainee who has been held in Guantánamo without charge or trial for more than ten years.

“Mr. Latif’s story illustrates everything that is wrong with the failed Guantánamo experiment. President Obama must stop embracing indefinite detention and close the prison now.

“Eleven years after the tragedy of the September 11 attacks, it is well past time to close the book on human rights violations in the name of countering terrorism. It is high time to bring real justice to the victims and their families of these horrendous attacks by charging and trying the detainees in U.S. federal courts or release them to their families.”

A copy of a new briefing summarizing Adnan Latif’s case is attached.

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.