[Pnews] Guantánamo lawyers file mass challenge to Trump's Gitmo policy

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  Guantánamo lawyers file mass challenge to Trump's Gitmo policy


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, 11 January 2018

Human rights organization Reprieve, the Center for Constitutional Rights 
(CCR), and co-counsel have filed a mass legal challenge to Donald 
Trump’s continued detention of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay.

The filing – made on behalf of 11 prisoners, on the 16th anniversary of 
Guantánamo's opening – argues that the continued detention of people 
without charge at the prison is unconstitutional, because any legitimate 
rationale for initially detaining them has long since expired.

Some of the prisoners participating in today’s filing have been detained 
in Guantánamo for nearly 16 years, without charge or trial. Two of the 
petitioners – Reprieve clients Abdul Latif Nasser 
<https://reprieve.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d176b31fc0ccbde9f3f3a6349&id=5542644e25&e=f8755a10f3> 
and Towfiq Bihani 
<https://reprieve.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d176b31fc0ccbde9f3f3a6349&id=b454e0436d&e=f8755a10f3> 
– have been approved for transfer, narrowly missing their chance at 
release in the final days of the Obama administration.

Commenting, *Reprieve attorney Shelby Sullivan-Bennis *– *who represents 
several prisoners at Guantánamo participating in the filing *– said:

"Since Guantánamo opened, it’s been clear to all – including U.S. 
officials – that the detainees were being held on the basis of mistakes, 
faulty evidence, and forced ‘confessions’. The US has had 16 years to 
build a case against these men, and yet 28 of 41 prisoners are held 
without charge or a trial of any kind – a shocking violation of 
America’s founding principles. If the President won’t close Guantánamo, 
then the other branches of government must take action instead to 
finally restore the rule of law."

*CCR Senior Staff Attorney Pardiss Kebriaei, who represents Sharqawi Al 
Hajj*, one of the prisoners participating in today’s filing, said:

"It’s clear that a man who thinks we should water-board terror suspects 
even if it doesn’t work, because ‘they deserve it, anyway’ has no qualms 
about keeping every last detainee in Guantanamo, so long as he holds the 
jailhouse key. Continuing, still indefinite detention after all this 
time is unprecedented and experimental. Another three or seven years 
under President Trump may mean a death sentence for men like Sharqawi Al 
Hajj, who is in poor health and damaged by past torture."

ENDS

*Notes to Editors:*

1. Reprieve is an international human rights organization. Reprieve’s 
media team can be contacted on media at reprieve.org.uk, or +44 (0) 207 553 
8140.

2. The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and 
protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and 
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys 
who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit 
legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law 
as a positive force for social change.

3. Today's legal filing is available on request.

4. On 11 January 2002, US authorities opened the detention facility at 
Guantánamo, where at least 780 men would ultimately be held. Today, 41 
men are still detained; 28 have never been charged with a crime.

5. Reprieve’s clients at Guantánamo have recently reported being denied 
<https://reprieve.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d176b31fc0ccbde9f3f3a6349&id=697ee62f84&e=f8755a10f3> medical 
treatment, and subjected 
<https://reprieve.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d176b31fc0ccbde9f3f3a6349&id=a051d1cb84&e=f8755a10f3> to 
fresh abuses. These compound the recent history of US torture in 
detention, including those practices outlined in the US Senate 
Intelligence Committee's report 
<https://reprieve.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d176b31fc0ccbde9f3f3a6349&id=8a4611f531&e=f8755a10f3> on 
CIA detention and interrogation.
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