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Vestir de cor de laranja a 11 de Janeiro


A ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) está a fazer um apelo a uma grande movimentação em 11 de Janeiro de 2008, no sexto aniversário da chegada a Guantanamo dos primeiros prisioneiros vindos do Afganistão. Embora esse apelo seja dirigido ao povo americano, republico-o aqui tal como consta da última newsletter da organização, por se tratar de uma questão fundamental de direitos humanos que nos interessa a todos:


From the desk of Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director, ACLU
Make a contribution to the ACLU today and get a “Close Guantánamo”

Dear Friend,

On January 11, 2002 the first prisoners from Afghanistan arrived at
the prison at Guantánamo Bay.

In the six years since, the prison has been a mark of shame for our
country. In fact, three years after the military tribunals were first
established there, there has yet to be a single trial completed for
any person in custody.

Every day that the prison at Guantánamo stays open is an insult to our
values and makes a mockery of our commitment to justice and the rule
of law.

That’s why on January 11th, the ACLU is leading a nationwide
movement calling on people of conscience to wear orange and demand an
immediate end to the injustice at Guantánamo Bay. By standing in
solidarity we can shift the debate on this national disgrace. So,
we’re teaming up with organizations across the country to demand
the prison be closed and asking ACLU activists to get involved.

To help you participate in this national day of action, we’re
asking ACLU activists to wear an orange “Close Guantánamo” armband on
January 11. You can get a “Close Guantánamo” armband when you make a
contribution to the ACLU today:

The fact is the Bush Administration decided to hold prisoners at
Guantánamo because it believed the offshore location would be beyond
the reach of our courts. This turned Guantánamo into a laboratory for
indefinite detention and cruel treatment.

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard two cases that challenge the Bush
Administration’s policy of holding prisoners without charging
them. As we stated in our brief to the court, “[T]heir confinement in
military custody without charges or trial for more than five years
violates fundamental principles of due process of law.” And, at
Guantánamo Bay, the ACLU continued to monitor the latest kangaroo
court-style hearing.

Guantánamo has become a stain on our nation’s honor. That is why it is
so important you join hundreds of thousands of Americans who are
demanding the closure of the prison at Guantánamo on January 11th.
You’ll soon be hearing about the January events happening across
the country and online. In the meantime, you can take the first step
to get ready for the January 11 events by making a contribution to the
ACLU and get a “Close Guantánamo” armband:

Thank you so much for your involvement today as we fight to reclaim
our constitutional heritage and restore the full vibrancy of our

Thank you,

Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director ACLU

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