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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.
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.
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.