Join us with Witness Against Torture's 100 Days Campaign in urging President Obama to take the first step in shutting down Gitmo and once and for all -- Free the Uighurs!
In September of 2008, the government formally conceded that none of the seventeen men is an enemy combatant. On October 7th, 2008, US District Court Judge Ricardo M. Urbina held that their continued imprisonment was unlawful and ordered the government to bring all seventeen Uighurs to his courtroom for release into the United States on appropriate conditions.
We join with the Uighurs' attorneys in calling on the government to release these innocent men in the only place they can be released – the United States. Bringing the Uighurs here is an important early step toward carrying out President Obama's executive Order. The executive should proceed directly with the transfer of the Uighurs by direct Executive action or by withdrawing the Bush administrations appeal of Judge Urbina's order.
Detailed resettlement arrangements, which include the provision of refugee services and reasonable release conditions, have already been put in place and submitted to the Court.
We urge President Obama to end these astonishing imprisonments, signaling to the American people, and to the world, that the administration is determined to act rather than merely speak, and begin, in some small way, to do justice for these men.
Use this information to call President Obama: 202-456-1111 And the new Attorney General at 202-353-1555. Thank him for his Executive Order to close Guantanamo and ask for the prompt release of these seventeen men.