President Obama: Release Yemeni Men, Close Guantánamo

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Please sign the letter to President Obama on the right to help us close Guantánamo.

President Obama has the power to close Guantánamo, and the new National Defense Authorization Act (2014 NDAA) just approved by Congress makes it even easier for him to do so. President Obama must use his strengthened authority to fulfill his promise to close Guantánamo. More than half of the men detained at Guantánamo are from Yemen, and most of these men have been cleared for release by the Obama administration itself, with the unanimous consent of the CIA, FBI, Defense, Justice, and State Departments. They continue to be detained because of where they are from, and their collective punishment based on their nationality must end.

Tell President Obama to use his power under the law to release Yemeni men from Guantánamo. He cannot meet his promise to close the prison until he does so.

  • Fahd Ghazy, ISN 26

    - Held without charge since 2002
    - Cleared for release in 2007 & 2009

    Missing his wife Faiza and his daughter Hafsa.
    "All I hope for upon release is to [be with] my wife and daughter, my mother and brothers, and to live a productive life with them."
    Learn More about Fahd Ghazy
  • Tariq Ba Odah, ISN 178

    - Held without charge since 2002
    - Cleared for release since 2009
    - On hunger strike since 2007

    "At the moment I am released, I would pray to Allah for the blessing of freedom, then go to my mother and hug her."
    Learn more about Tariq Ba Odah
  • Mohammed al-Hamiri, ISN 249


    - Held without charge since 2002
    - Cleared for release since 2009
    - On hunger strike and being force-fed
  • Ghaleb Al-Bihani, ISN 128


    - In poor health
    - Held without charge since 2002

    "...current circumstances have become unbearable. ...All I think about is release."


CCR has led the legal battle over Guantánamo for the last 11 years – representing clients in two Supreme Court cases and organizing and coordinating hundreds of pro bono lawyers across the country, ensuring that nearly all the men detained at Guantánamo have had the option of legal representation. Among other Guantánamo cases, the Center represents the families of men who died at Guantánamo, and men who have been released and are seeking justice in international courts. In addition, CCR has been working through diplomatic channels to resettle men who remain at Guantánamo because they cannot return to their country of origin for fear of persecution and torture.