Illegal Detentions and Guantanamo

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The government has illegally detained thousands of people, the most notorious example being the men at Guantánamo. The Center for Constitutional Rights has fought for the right to due process, filing countless cases on behalf of these men and others swept up in the so-called War on Terror. CCR has challenged immigration sweeps, ghost detentions, extraordinary rendition, and every other illegal program the government has devised to lock people up and throw away the key. CCR believes we all become less safe and less free when we trample on the rights of others.

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Visit CCR's "Close Guantánamo" website.

Please read, sign, and distribute our "Close Guantánamo with Justice" statement, which is gathering support from prominent human rights organizations, activists, scholars, artists, writers, and torture survivors from around the world. 

Read and Distribute our factsheet "Guantánamo by the Numbers: What you Should Know & Do About Guantánamo."

CCR has led the legal battle over Guantánamo for over eight years – sending the first ever habeas attorney to the base and sending the first attorney to meet with a former CIA “ghost detainee” there. On June 12, 2008, CCR helped win a historic Supreme Court victory in Boumediene vs. Bush, securing the right for the men at Guantánamo and other non-citizens to challenge the legality of their detention through habeas proceedings in federal courts.


On January 11, 2012, CCR marked ten years since the first men were imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay without charge or a fair trial. CCR staff, volunteers and supporters spent the day in Washington, D.C. calling for Obama to close Guantánamo:

Listen to Mr. Mohammed Sulaymon Barre's message to President Obama and the American people shortly after his release:

CCR has been responsible for organizing and coordinating more than 500 pro bono lawyers across the country in order to represent the men at Guantanamo, ensuring that nearly all have the option of legal representation. In addition, CCR has been working to resettle the men who remain at Guantánamo because they cannot return to their country of origin for fear of persecution and torture. 

However, the Obama admininistration still seeks the power to hold men indefinitely without charge or trial. Guantánamo is now President Obama's prison, and CCR continues fighting to make sure that the men detained there are either charged or released, and to prevent new systems of indefinite detention from being established.

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Advocacy Toolkit: Close GTMO

This set of information and media includes the Faces of Guntanamo Reports, the Guantanamo by the Numbers factsheet, links to our petition to shut Guantanamo down, a Solidarity Calendar with ongoing events, and more tools!

Report: Guantanamo and Its Aftermath

The UC Berkeley and CCR joint Report on GTMO detaineesThis report, Guantánamo and Its Aftermath: U.S. Detention and Interrogation Practices and Their Impact on Detainees, based on a two-year study, reveals in graphic detail the cumulative effect of Bush Administration policies on the lives of 62 released detainees.

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Al-Zahrani v. Rumsfeld

Al-Zahrani v. Rumsfeld, et al. is a civil action filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on behalf of the families and estates of two men who died at Guantánamo Bay in June 2006.…

Boumediene v. Bush / Al Odah v. United States

On June 28, 2004, the Supreme Court held in Rasul v. Bush, that the nearly-600 men imprisoned by the U.S. government in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba had a right of access to the federal courts, via…

Guantanamo Bay and the Evolution of Its Litigation

Join CCR Senior Staff Attorney Pardiss Kebriaei alongside CCR friend Ramzi Kassem and CUNY law students for a discussion of Guantanamo Bay and the Evolution of Its Litigation 12 years later. Where: CUNY Law School, Community Room 3/115 When: Wednesday, April 23rd at 6:00 p.m. RSVP: Email *This event is free and… Read More >>

Spanish Court Refuses to Close Guantánamo Torture Investigation

April 16, 2014, New York – Spain’s Audiencia Nacional is continuing its investigation into the alleged torture of men formerly detained at Guantánamo prison by U.S. officials, despite recent legislative restrictions stating that Spanish courts can only investigate human rights… Read More >>

Rasul v. Bush

The Center for Constitutional Rights began this case in February 2002, shortly after the first detainees were sent to Guantánamo. Representing two Australians—David Hicks and Mamdouh Habib—and two men from the U.K.—Shafiq Rasul and Asif Iqbal, CCR filed a petition… Read More >>

United States of America v. Osama Awadallah

United States of America v. Osama Awadallah is a lawsuit in which the Center for Constitutional Rights defended Osama Awadallah against charges of making two false material declarations before a grand jury. CCR maintained that Mr. Awadallah was illegally detained… Read More >>