Gitmo Attorneys: Mattis Must Pledge to Close Guantánamo and Reject Torture


January 11, 2017, New York – In advance of the Senate confirmation hearing scheduled tomorrow for Retired General James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) issued the following statement:

Guantánamo Bay has become a shameful symbol of  egregious abuses of basic human rights, including torture and indefinite detention. It is imperative that General Mattis publicly affirm and follow through on what the past two administrations have concluded: that Guantánamo should be closed. He must continue efforts to clear, release, and resettle detained men, and ensure that the unlawful regime of indefinite detention is finally ended and not merely relocated to U.S. soil. In no uncertain terms he must affirm the illegality of torture and commit to complying with U.S. obligations under international law, including those under the Geneva Conventions and Convention Against Torture.

In the face of an incoming president who has stated he will keep Guantánamo open, opposed the release of cleared detainees, and vowed to “load it up with some bad dudes,” General Mattis must stand in the way.

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.

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January 11, 2017