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779 men and boys, all of them Muslim, have been imprisoned over time at Guantánamo since January 2002.
86%* were sold to the United States during a time when the U.S. military was offering large bounties for capture; commonly, $5,000 offered per man.
612 men have been released.
158 men remain detained. 89 of them are from Yemen.
79 have been cleared for release for years but remain imprisoned.
56 of those who are cleared for release are Yemenis, but they continue to be detained because of their citizenship.
There have been 0 transfers to Yemen since June 2010.
46 men have been designated for indefinite detention without charge or trial by President Obama’s Task Force.
22 or more were children when taken to the detention camp.
More men (9) have died at Guantánamo than have been convicted (7) by the military commissions.
8 years is the longest hunger strike by a man at Guantánamo. It’s still going.
0 senior government officials have been held accountable for the wrongful detention and torture at Guantánamo.
It now costs $454 million per year to keep Guantánamo open. The Pentagon will have spent $5.242 billion on the prison by the end of 2014.
*Seton Hall University School of Law, Report on Guantánamo Detainees, 2006.
WHAT YOU CAN DO ...
1. SIGN and SHARE our campaign Obama: We Say Close Guantanamo--It's This Easy. Tell President Obama that he must use the power at his disposal to fullfill his promise to shut down Guantánamo. Unless he meets his unfulfilled promise to close Guantánamo by releasing all the men he does not intend to try in a fair court, his legacy will be marred forever. The President must end indefinite detention without charge or a fair trial, and shut Guantánamo down.
2. WRITE Secretary of State John Kerry and demand that the State Department:
• Transfer detained men who have countries willing to accept them. Over half of the men imprisoned at Guantánamo have been cleared for release.
• Announce an end to forced repatriations of men to countries where they fear torture, including Algeria. About 12 detained men have expressed strong fears of returning to their countries of origin, and they should not be repatriated against their will. The Obama administration has already forcibly repatriated four Algerian men. This policy of forcible transfers must end.
ADDRESS: Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington DC 20520
3. CONTACT Attorney General Eric Holder and demand the Department of Justice hold U.S. officials accountable for torture and other serious violations of international law at Guantánamo and other U.S. detention sites. The Attorney General should appoint an independent prosecutor with a full mandate to investigate & prosecute those responsible for torture & other war crimes as far up the chain of command as the facts may lead. DoJ must also reverse its policy of opposing civil actions brought against U.S. officials by victims of the U.S. torture program or families of those who died at Guantánamo.
ADDRESS: Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC 20530. EMAIL: AskDOJ@usdoj.gov . NUMBER: Public Comment Line (202) 353-1555