For going on eleven years, Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba has been the sight of countless human rights violations.
The prisoners, who have included an 89-year old Afghan with senile dementia and a 15-year old Canadian, have been subjected to psychological and physical torture, and have had no access to family or lawyers, no formal charges brought up against them, and no hope for fair trials held in U.S. courts.
Most of these men have spent over a decade in legal limbo, not knowing the state of their case, why they were imprisoned, or how long it would take for them to be given a fair trial. The effects of their hopeless situation pushed thirty-two to attempt suicide and many more to go on hunger strikes in order to be heard.
Despite Guantanamo's notorious reputation that negatively affects how other countries around the world view the U.S., the U.S. Congress have continually thwarted efforts to close down the prison: they recently signed a bill that would keep the Guantanamo detainees from being transferred to U.S. prisons for another year.
Tell Congress it's time for Guantanamo and the immorality it stands for to end--sign the petition so the voices of the 166 prisoners remaining indefinitely at Guantanamo will finally be heard.
The countless human rights violations that have occurred there and are still occurring there are no secret to the world. Detainees have not been given access to their families, to lawyers, and have not even had formal charges brought against them, which would allow them to be fairly tried in civilian courts. Beyond being denied these most basic rights, Guantanamo detainees have been subjected to psychological and physical torture, leading to false confessions and misinformation which add further complications to individual cases.
The eyes of the world are now focused on the U.S. and the double standard it creates with the continued use of Guantanamo prison. The U.S.'s reputation is at stake, as are the lives of average Americans who travel abroad and who might be met with renewed foreign hostilities. Other countries can use Guantanamo as an excuse to treat their prisoners the same way, especially if those prisoners are American. This is the reality of U.S. national security. Bringing Guantanamo detainees into the U.S. to be formally charged, tried, and released if necessary, would boost U.S. international relations and the confidence of the American people in the United States' moral standing.
Do not deny human beings their basic rights any longer. It is time to shut down Guantanamo once and for all.