President Obama, free the Yemenis from Guantanamo
Dear friends and supporters,
As the prison-wide hunger strike at Guantánamo enters its fourth month, the need to maintain pressure on the Obama administration is more urgent than ever.
Please sign the petition
on Change.org, calling for renewed action from President Obama to secure the closure of Guantánamo, which was launched just over a week ago by Col. Morris Davis, the former chief prosecutor of the military commissions at Guantánamo, who has become one of the prison's fiercest critics since resigning in 2007.
The petition is close to securing 200,000 signatures -- an achievement that would have been unthinkable before the hunger strike awakened widespread outrage and concern. Please also share the petition as widely as possible
Free the Yemenis
For further information about one of the key moves that needs to be undertaken by President Obama to begin to revisit his failed promise to close the prison, please read Andy Worthington's latest article, "Close Guantánamo: President Obama, Drop Your Ban on Releasing Yemenis
In this article, Andy calls on President Obama to drop his ban on releasing cleared Yemenis, who make up 56 of the 86 cleared prisoners, which was initiated in January 2010, in the wake of a failed bomb plot that originated in Yemen.
This has never been acceptable, as it involves consigning people to indefinite detention, possibly for the rest of their lives, on the basis of their nationality alone. This, of course, is fundamentally unfair, and it is reassuring that Sen. Dianne Feinstein recently raised the plight of the Yemenis -- and all the cleared prisoners -- as an issue that urgently needs tackling in a letter to President Obama’s national security adviser, Tom Donilon.
Updated prisoner list
We also hope you will be interested in the updated list of prisoners still held at Guantánamo
, which Andy has just updated. The list identifies the 56 cleared prisoners
whose names were included in a document publicly released, for the first time, by the Justice Department in a court case last September, and also includes links to other articles featured on this site since it was launched 16 months ago.
In closing, please also ask your friends and family to join us
-- just an email address is required to be counted amongst those opposed to the ongoing existence of Guantánamo, and to receive updates of our activities by email.
With thanks, as ever, for your support,
The "Close Guantánamo" team