Did you know that we’re just a Senate vote away from keeping Guantanamo open – permanently?

The vote that may keep Guantanamo open forever and seal the fate of dozens of detainees held there indefinitely is expected very soon. Your Senators need to hear that human rights and the rule of law matter to their constituents.

The Senate can’t sneak this vote by us! Call your Senators and urge them to oppose any legislation that would keep Guantanamo open.

It’s simple – just dial (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak with the Senators from your state. Or click here to find your Senators and the direct lines to their offices.

Here are some key points to make when you call:

* I am calling to urge the Senator to oppose provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (H.R. 1540) that would keep Guantanamo open.
* The Guantanamo detention facility must be closed. Indefinite detention and military commissions must end.
* Detainees must either be charged and fairly tried in US federal courts, or be released to countries where their human rights will be respected.
* I don’t want our government to sacrifice human rights in the name of security.

Make sure to call your other Senator when you’re done, and then click here to let us know that you called, so we can track our efforts.

Don’t let Congress further entrench human rights abuses.

This year’s National Defense Authorization Act aims to do more than provide funding for the US armed forces. Sneaky provisions in the bill would not only keep Guantanamo open, possibly permanently — they would also do irreparable damage to human rights, essentially making unfair trials and indefinite detention a permanent feature of US policy.

We are not going to give up on this fight. President Obama and Congress must be held to the promises made to close Guantanamo and end the human rights violations perpetrated there.

If enough of us speak out, Congress will have to think twice before ignoring the human rights of the detainees at Guantanamo – and before ignoring the human rights of us all.

Call your Senators and urge them to do the right thing. Then report back to us on how the call went. Together we can end the human rights crisis at Guantanamo.


Zeke Johnson
Director, Security with Human Rights Campaign
Amnesty International USA

P.S. While calling is best, make sure you’ve also signed our online petition on Guantanamo, and that you share this action with others. Every voice counts!

About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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