12 April | London | Close Guantanamo Protest Vigil
Close Guantanamo Protest Vigil
Please make every effort to be at our protest VIGILS in Feb., March, and April. US President Donald Trump intends to keep Guantanamo prison open, he recently voiced pro-torture comments, saying that waterboarding terror suspects “absolutely works.” He is preparing to order a review of interrogation methods, and could reopen secret “black site” prisons situated in many countries outside the US, such as at the notorious Bagram Airbase. Former US President George Bush allowed the CIA to use black sites and so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques”, and the UK supported its extraordinary rendition programme. International agreements and law on torture are absolutely clear.
The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights states “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” (Article 3), “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” (Article 5), “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.” (Article 9). Support for, and any return to, the use of torture, must be robustly opposed, as leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, has said, torture is “ inhumane, illegal and delivers false intelligence”. The Prime Minister Theresa May, her government ministers, and Members of Parliament must speak out and demand the US President closes Guantanamo, lifts his ban on Muslims, and respects international law on torture and imprisonment. Join us on Wednesday 8th Feb., 1pm-3pm at Parliament Square.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May must demand President Trump close Guantanamo.