01/12/12

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The US's Guantanamo Bay is marking its 10th anniversary, despite Obama’s repeated promises to close the infamous prison. Human rights groups and the inmates themselves are organizing events to mark the occasion and respond to the broken promises. - Guantanamo detainees are marking the anniversary of their imprisonment with a peaceful three-day demonstration. Starting on Tuesday some of the prisoners are refusing to return to their cells for the nightly lockdown and are attempting to sleep in the recreation areas, while others are refusing food, the Washington Post reports. Amnesty International staged a demonstration in Brussels on Wednesday marking ten years since the first detainees arrived at Guantanamo Bay. The group placed cut-outs of detainees in their bright orange uniforms in a shopping arcade. Similar protests have taken place in London, Paris, Toronto, Paris and Berlin. A large rally has been organized in front of the White House by a coalition of human rights organizations and activists, including the Center for Constitutional Rights, Witness Against Torture, Amnesty International, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, and September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. Following the rally, the demonstrators marched down Pennsylvania Avenue to the US Supreme Court, led by 171 people dressed in orange jumpsuits representing the men still detained at Guantanamo. Obama has been criticized for not having a plan on how to close the detention facility, or at least for what to do with terror suspects. The president even signed a new law authorizing the indefinite detention of terror suspects.

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