First, a thank you to everyone who donated recently to support our Guantánamo work. There’s a lot to do in these challenging times, and we’re getting on with it.
It may surprise many to know that until now, our Government’s official policy was to close Guantánamo. Trump has now officially abandoned that idea, meaning that we have had to redouble our efforts.
On the legal front, our senior staff attorney Shelby Sullivan-Bennis has been on the ground in Guantánamo for legal visits with our clients, none of whom have ever been charged with a crime. We’ve also filed a complaint against the US torture and rendition program to the International Criminal Court
This week, as ordered by the courts after our legal action, Trump has to explain how keeping prisoners forever in Guantánamo fits with the US Constitution – a document that has the word justice in the very first line.
And finally, two birthdays on death row last week – Dawood al-Marhoon, who was sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia after being arrested at 17 for the ‘crime’ of attending an anti-government protest. And Andy Tsege a father of three from London and prominent critic of the Ethiopian regime – he was sentenced to death and kidnapped in a brutal crackdown on political opponents and activists.
Happy birthday Dawood and Andy – we are thinking of you and won’t stop fighting for you.
More to come…