To mark 20 years since the first of 779 men were trafficked in to the infamous torture centre, Guantanamo Bay, CAGE has today launched the website ‘www.closingguantanamotogether.com’. The website showcases two decades worth of campaigns, prisoner artwork and poetry, cutting edge research, and moving interviews with former prisoners and their families by CAGE. As well as listing the remaining prisoners, the website serves as a rallying platform to close Guantanamo Bay by enacting the 8-point plan developed and endorsed by former prisoners.
CAGE is the largest and longest-lasting survivor-led effort to document and organise against the injustices committed at Guantanamo, and close the camp. Since 2003, CAGE has conducted in-depth interviews with prisoners, families and lawyers, carried out cutting-edge research which shattered governments’ secrecy around the men imprisoned at Guantanamo, the network of CIA dark prisons, and complicity in the “kidnap and torture” rendition program.
In the media and public space, CAGE has continued to advocate for redress for the prisoners.
Speaking on the launch of the website, Moazzam Begg, CAGE Outreach Director and former Guantanamo Bay prisoner said:
“Closing Guantanamo Together is dedicated to the survivors of Guantanamo. It’s an effort to centre the survivor voice and ensure the campaign to close Guantanamo and free its prisoners remains rooted in the experiences and testimonies of those who lived through what is now known as ‘the gulag of our times’.”
“The website captures in detail, through first hand testimonies, the extent of the abuse and violation of human rights and dignity at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay. America must show that it is ready to correct the wrongs of the past. Two decades on, President Biden must now close Guantanamo.”
(NOTE: CAGE represents cases of individuals based on the remit of our work. Supporting a case does not mean we agree with the views or actions of the individual. Content published on CAGE may not reflect the official position of our organisation.)