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Witness Against Torture Applauds Decision on Guantánamo Detainees
WASHINGTON - October 7 - In a courtroom packed with anti-torture activists and members of the Uigher community, U.S. District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina struck a landmark blow against the Bush administration and its policy of indefinite detention at Guantánamo in Washington, DC today.
The case involved seventeen Uighers, ethnic Chinese Muslim detainees held at Guantánamo despite having been deemed unthreatening and cleared for released. The
When the government argued that bringing the men to the
The Uighers, who are members of a repressed minority within
Members of Witness Against Torture, a grassroots movement to shut down Guantánamo, were present at the hearing and heartened by Urbina's ruling. "Once again the courts are ruling in favor of justice," said Matthew W. Daloisio, of
"This is a good step," comments Helen Schietinger, a Washington, DC resident and another organizer with Witness Against Torture. "And in the context of a presidential race in which both major candidates have called for the closure of Guantánamo," she continues, "this ruling could be the beginning of freedom for many of the more than 200 men who remain imprisoned at the U.S. Naval Base there: but we have to make it happen. In the coming weeks and months, we have a historic opportunity to reverse the disastrous policies of the last seven years."
Witness Against Torture has launched a campaign to close the U.S. detention facilities at Guantánamo Bay,
The campaign to Shut Down Guantánamo will begin formally on January 20, the inauguration of the next President. The campaign brings together a coalition of groups and individuals who will take part in demonstrations, educate Congress and the public, and engage in nonviolent direct action. Witness Against Torture will maintain a physical presence at the White House and organize activities - from film screenings to lectures and community meetings - in Washington, D.C., and across the country.
Witness Against Torture members who were in Judge Urbina's courtroom today are available for comment:
Matthew D. Daloisio, 201-264-4424, email@example.com 
Helen Schietinger, 202-344-5762, firstname.lastname@example.org 
To learn more about the Campaign, visit http://www.witnesstorture.org/
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