May 25, 2013
The facts speak for themselves:
For years, Obama has blamed the US Congress for the failure to close Guantanamo. But since Congress granted the Defense Department waiver authority that allows prisoners who have been cleared to be transferred out, Obama himself can free these 86 men. And while he will need Congressional cooperation to close the prison completely, if he truly wants to shut it down, he can task someone at the White House right now to show it is a priority and make it happen.
Sign now to demand Obama announce a plan to close Guantanamo, and share this with everyone — let’s build an urgent global call to end this shame.
When he first campaigned to become US president, Obama promised to close Guantanamo down. This illegal and repulsive prison has led to far too much suffering and fuelled great divisions and hate in our world. Enough is enough. Let’s get Obama to act and close this painful scar on humanity.
With hope and determination,
Dalia, Joseph, Allison, Bissan, Nick, Alice, Ricken and the whole Avaaz team
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Obama to address Guantánamo and drones in major defence speech (The Guardian)
Guantanamo by the numbers (ACLU)
Gitmo is killing me (The New York Times)
How Gitmo imprisoned Obama (Newsweek)
Stop force-feeding inmates and close Gitmo (CNN. Op-Ed)
Guantanamo hunger strike enters 100th day (Aljazeera English)
Three Guantanamo Bay prisoners who’ve been on hunger strike for 100 days (VICE)
Yemen wants it’s detainees out of Guantanamo (UPI)