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USA: Gitmo protests reach Obama's backyard01:04

USA: Gitmo protests reach Obama's backyard

United States, Washington DC
April 11, 2013 at 20:55 GMT +00:00 · Published

USA: Gitmo protests reach Obama's backyard

Protesters gathered outside the White House in Washington DC on Thursday to demand that US President Barack Obama fulfils his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba. With protesters wearing orange jump-suits and black bags on their heads, the Amnesty International organised protest in Washington was just one of many across the US on Thursday.

Amnesty International declared the date a Day of Action Against Guantanamo, and called for people to phone, email and tweet the White House to demand the closure of the detention camp. President Obama called for the closure of the facility within 12 months in a statement on January 22, 2009, however the facility remains open as of April 12, 2013.

Detainees in Guantanamo Bay have been on a mass hunger strike for over 60 days, from the beginning of February 2013. Participating inmates are said to have put forward several conditions to end the strike, such as the right to willingly surrender copies of the Quran in order to prevent desecration by guards, and the right to have the Quran in electronic form so that religious study can be performed without the risk of prisoners passing notes.

Amnesty International has criticised the Obama administration for passing the previous deadline for closing the detention facility by three years. They also quote United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, who in a statement in January of 2012 said that the United States is breaching international law in regards to arbitrary detainment.

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USA: Gitmo protests reach Obama's backyard

Protesters gathered outside the White House in Washington DC on Thursday to demand that US President Barack Obama fulfils his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba. With protesters wearing orange jump-suits and black bags on their heads, the Amnesty International organised protest in Washington was just one of many across the US on Thursday.

Amnesty International declared the date a Day of Action Against Guantanamo, and called for people to phone, email and tweet the White House to demand the closure of the detention camp. President Obama called for the closure of the facility within 12 months in a statement on January 22, 2009, however the facility remains open as of April 12, 2013.

Detainees in Guantanamo Bay have been on a mass hunger strike for over 60 days, from the beginning of February 2013. Participating inmates are said to have put forward several conditions to end the strike, such as the right to willingly surrender copies of the Quran in order to prevent desecration by guards, and the right to have the Quran in electronic form so that religious study can be performed without the risk of prisoners passing notes.

Amnesty International has criticised the Obama administration for passing the previous deadline for closing the detention facility by three years. They also quote United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, who in a statement in January of 2012 said that the United States is breaching international law in regards to arbitrary detainment.