The following is quoted from a statement (12.01.2018)by Clive Stafford Smith, Founder of Reprieve:
“I believe that our movement will inevitably be on the right side of history. As with the death penalty, we will look back on the time of Guantanamo with disgust and shame. But many of us will be proud that we played a part, however small, in ending this injustice.
16 years is more than long enough for the US authorities to get this right – but we know they’ve got it wrong, most of the time.
Instead of the ‘worst of the worst’ we’ve seen children tortured and locked up. We’ve seen people held for years without ever even being charged, let alone seeing the inside of a courtroom. We’ve seen more prisoners die in this place than convicted of any crime. We’ve seen the erosion of the most basic rights.
We cannot wait until the end of the Trump presidency to close Guantanamo, so in the coming months our movement will be leading the charge and taking our fight to Congress, the Court, and President Trump.
On 12 January we launched a joint legal action with the Center for Constitutional Rights to demand that Guantanamo detainees are finally given the basic rights they deserve. For our movement to succeed we need dedicated supporters we can all on to take action, get the word out, and help us force Guantanamo back to the top of the agenda.
We have been fighting for the rights of the prisoners held in Guantanamo since the day it opened. We have achieved a lot over the last 16 years but we won’t stop our fight until Guantanamo is closed for good.”