The rallies – held in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Yemen – saw demonstrators dress in the orange jumpsuits worn by detainees, with some donning the black hoods made infamous by images taken at Gitmo and at similar black sites throughout the Middle East.
The American Civil Liberties Union joined Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and 22 other rights organizations that signed an open letter calling on Obama to close the prison. "The situation is the predictable result of continuing to hold prisoners indefinitely without charge for more than 11 years," the letter read. "We urge you to begin working to transfer the remaining detained men to their home countries or other countries for resettlement, or to charge them in a court that comports with fair trial standards."
On Thursday, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) took President Barack Obama to task over the “untenable” legal situation faced by prisoners in Guantanamo Bay.
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