Security with Human Rights Campaign
Amnesty believes that the United States can preserve its national security without sacrificing the human rights that it is obligated by international law to respect. The U.S. government is required to respect and secure human rights, to investigate all human rights violations, and to bring those found to be responsible for such violations to justice. The goals of the Security with Human Rights Campaign include ending unlawful and abusive detention and surveillance practices that violate the rule of law. The Campaign seeks to ensure accountability for torture and civilian deaths caused by air attacks and drone strikes. The Campaign opposes unfair trials by military commissions.
Guantánamo Bay Prison
Guantánamo Bay detainees have suffered indefinite detention without being charged with any crimes. Furthermore, since September 11, 2001 at Guantánamo and other sites the U.S. Government has repeatedly violated prohibitions against torture and other cruel, unusual, inhumane or degrading treatment. Detainees at Guantánamo Bay must either be promptly charged and given fair trials in U.S. federal courts or released to countries where they will not be at risk of suffering human rights violations. Torture and other abusive treatment of detainees must stop, and those responsible must be held accountable.
Group 11 has repeatedly urged President Trump and New York Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and Congressional Representative Nadler to close Guantánamo. Group 11 members have participated in demonstrations at Grand Central Station advocating the closure of Guantánamo, and have sent letters to members of the Trump administration opposing current policies and advocating the fair treatment of Guantánamo detainees.
Group 11 advocates for the transfer of Toffiq al-Bihani, a Saudi Arabian citizen who has been held in Guantánamo without charge or fair trial since 2003. The US Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA “black sites” found that al-Bihani had been subjected to torture during his confinement. The US government has long since made it clear that it has no intention of charging him, even though he has been cleared for transfer since 2010.
The US government’s use of indefinite detention without charge as a response to 9/11 has been unlawful from the outset. This detention regime must be brought to an end, and any proposal for its continuation or expansion condemned.
The impunity that persists in relation to the torture, enforced disappearance and other human rights violations committed against these detainees is outrageous. Torture and enforced disappearance are crimes under international law.
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