As the condition of the Guantánamo detainees on hunger strike continues to worsen, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and cooperating counsel are fighting to keep these men alive. On Friday, October 14, 2005, CCR and its cooperating counsel will argue in United States District Court for the District of Columbia that the deplorable situation at Guantánamo must end and the attorneys must receive access to their clients.
The team’s demands are clear:
• Access by counsel to records indicating Petitioners' medical treatment, meal schedules, punishment and hospitalization;
• Immediate access to Guantánamo by counsel to visit with and to ensure that clients are receiving adequate medical treatment;
• Copies of Respondents' policies and actions taken with respect to the current and previous hunger strikes by detainees at Guantánamo;
• Immediate telephonic access between counsel and clients;
• Telephonic access between counsel, Next Friends, family members and clients
CCR cooperating attorneys Julia Tarver of the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP (NYC) and John Chandler of the law firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP (Atlanta) will argue the case. The hearing is part of CCR’s larger plan to bring justice to those detained at Guantánamo Bay. Other aspects of the campaign include the November 1 Fast for Justice and a vigil to be held in Washington D.C. on that day and the Guantánamo Reading Project, which works to mount productions highlighting the cases of those trapped at Guantánamo in communities around the country.
The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.