August 29, 2013, New York – In response to the announcement today that the United States has transferred two men from the prison at Guantánamo Bay to Algeria, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) issued the following statement:
We welcome the resumption of voluntary transfers from Guantánamo. This is an important step towards closing the prison, and demonstrates that the president indeed has the authority to continue transferring prisoners. Such steps must continue until this shameful chapter in our nation’s history has ended once and for all. Meanwhile, Algeria must treat the two men who have been transferred there humanely, and the United States should not forcibly repatriate anyone who fears persecution, including CCR’s client Djamel Ameziane.
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.