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January 31, 2020 • Press Release

Dispatch from Guantanamo: U.S. Must Open Criminal Investigation into Mitchell and Jessen, Two Torture Program Psychologists

Following testimony at Guantanamo over the past two weeks of James E. Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen–two contract psychologists who played leading roles in designing and implementing the CIA’s so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques”–in which Mitchell described in detail their direct participation in torture, Amnesty International issued a call for a criminal investigation to be opened …

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Close Guantanamo

CLOSE GUANTÁNAMO AND TRANSFER ALL CLEARED DETAINEES Moments before he stepped onto the podium for his first State of the Union address, President Trump signed an Executive Order to keep the military prison at Guantánamo Bay open. This order revoked President Obama’s Executive Order to close Guantánamo Bay, signed during his early days in office. …

January 16, 2020 • Press Release

Architects of CIA torture program to testify at Guantanamo for first time

The two psychologists responsible for designing and implementing the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” will testify in pre-trial hearings in the September 11 case at Guantánamo Bay next week. Amnesty International experts will be there to observe their testimony.  The contract psychologists, James E. Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen, are responsible for developing interrogation techniques, including …

Advocacy and GR

Guantanamo Detainee Deserves Urgent Medical Attention

September 10, 2019 The Honorable Mark T. Esper United States Secretary of Defense 1010 Defense Pentagon Washington, DC 20301-1010 Dear Secretary Esper: We are a coalition of human rights, civil liberties, and faith-based organizations writing to express our grave concern over the recent suicide attempt by Sharqawi Al Hajj, who was taken into custody in …

January 10, 2019 • Press Release

17 Years Later, Guantanamo Prison Remains a Threat to Human Rights

The military prison at Guantánamo Bay remains a stain on the human rights record of the United States and continues to present site for ongoing violations as long as it stays open, said Amnesty International USA on the eve of the January 11 anniversary of its opening. “When President Trump revoked President Obama’s order to …

July 11, 2018 • Press Release

Amnesty International calls for the release of Toffiq al-Bihani and the closure of Guantanamo Bay

As arguments begin in the case of Toffiq al-Bihani and ten others seeking release from arbitrary detention in Guantanamo Bay, Amnesty International reiterated its call for their release and the closure of the facility. “It is unconscionable that Mr. al-Bihani remains imprisoned without charge or trial at Guantanamo eight years after being cleared to leave, …

Urgent Action

Urgent Action Update: Guantánamo Transfer Policy Under Wraps (USA: UA 42.18)

The US Secretary of Defense has sent the White House his policy recommendations on detainee transfers to Guantánamo. The details have not been made public. Meanwhile, the first detainee transfer out of the base under the Trump administration has occurred.

May 2, 2018 • Press Release

Amnesty International USA Stands Against Policy of New Detainees to Guantanamo

Reacting to news that U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has provided the White House updated guidance on criteria for transferring new individuals to the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba, Daphne Eviatar, Director of Security with Human Rights at Amnesty International USA stated: “Although so far the new policy is secret, the government’s statement suggests …

April 26, 2018 • Press Release

Ahead of Defense Department Recommendation Deadline, Amnesty International USA for Closure of Guantanamo Bay Prison

Ahead of the April 30 deadline for the Defense Department to comment on President Trump’s January order to allow the prison at Guantanamo Bay to remain open, Daphne Eviatar, Director of Security with Human Rights at Amnesty International USA stated: “Each day that this administration keeps the prison at Guantanamo open is an affront to …

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Guantanamo, Lawlessness, and the Myth of American Exceptionalism

The Washington State Religious Campaign Against Torture (WSRCAT) AS PART OF THE NATIONAL WEEK OF ACTION TO CLOSE GUANTANAMO Presents JONATHAN HAFETZ “Guantanamo, Lawlessness, and the Myth of American Exceptionalism” Thursday, January 11, 2018 7:00-9:00 p.m. University of Washington Law School, Room 138 4293 Memorial Way Northeast, Seattle, WA Abstract: After 9/11, the United States …

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