Thursday, January 19, 2017
MEDIA RELEASE: London Guantánamo Campaign Comment on Inauguration of New US President Donald Trump
For release: Thursday, 19 January 2017
The London Guantánamo Campaign  will join protests planned in London on Friday 20 January  and Saturday 21 January  to call on the new US president to close the Guantánamo Bay extra-legal prison facility .
Aisha Maniar, spokesperson for the London Guantánamo Campaign, says: “Regardless of who is the president of the United States, the fact that the Guantánamo Bay prison camp remains open after 15 years with over 40 prisoners is an indelible stain on the reputation of the US. It is a demonstration of US disdain for international law and human rights standards, and its proclaimed values of freedom and justice. The US appears only to uphold these values when it comes to the actions of non-allied states.
“We call on Donald Trump to close the Guantánamo Bay prison camp and release all prisoners held there without charge or trial. It would be unacceptable to transfer these prisoners to indefinite detention elsewhere, a solution proposed by his predecessor.
“Nonetheless, in view of Donald Trump’s recent comments on the use of torture and the Guantánamo Bay prisoners, the outlook does not appear positive and we can only hope he keeps his pledges on Guantánamo as well as his predecessor. The closure of Guantánamo is long overdue and is a continuing financial and moral liability for the US.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
1. The London Guantánamo Campaign was set up in 2006 and campaigns for justice for all prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, for the closure of this and other secret prisons, and an end to the practice of extraordinary rendition. http://londonguantanamocampaign.blogspot.com
4. 780 prisoners have been held at Guantánamo. There are currently around 40 prisoners remaining. https://ccrjustice.org/home/get-involved/tools-resources/fact-sheets-and-faqs/guant-namo-numbers