Activists to Protest Torture, Guantanamo Outside White House
Human rights activists will parade 60 mock detainees from the Capitol to a park near the White House Thursday to protest the 60 Guantanamo detainees who have been cleared for release but haven’t been let go.
Saying that they’ll “risk arrest,” a coalition of human rights and civil liberties groups will gather in a rally at the Capitol reflecting pool Thursday morning. They’ll also call on the Obama Administration to prosecute those responsible for the harsh interrogation of detainees.
President Obama signed an order enjoining the closure of the US prison at Guantanamo Bay on his first full day in office. The plan called for Guantanamo to be closed within a year, but the US has struggled with the issue of how to repatriate existing detainees. Obama recently released a set of Bush administration memos outlining the techniques the CIA could use on prisoners in interrogations, but has not endorsed prosecution of those responsible.
Among those participating include Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union and Witness Against Torture, a group created in 2005 with the goal of closing the Guantanamo prison. >>>
About 30 detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay have been cleared for release, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday as he tried to persuade European allies to take some of them.
Meeting with reporters in Germany, Holder also signaled the Obama administration might cooperate with a Spanish investigation of former Bush administration officials over the treatment of terror suspects. >>>