Aisha Maniar

Time to put Guantanamo back on the agenda

Aisha Maniar
Time to put Guantanamo back on the agenda

Almost 17 years on, 40 prisoners remain at Guantánamo Bay, largely without charge. The few trials and convictions that proceed rely on evidence obtained through the use of torture.

Although interest fell after Barack Obama failed to deliver on his promise to close Guantánamo in 2010, the London Guantánamo Campaign has continued to hold regular demonstration outside the US Embassy in London – in Mayfair and now in Nine Elms – in solidarity with the remaining prisoners for the past 12 years.

The new US Embassy in Nine Elms is designed to provide a hostile environment for protest. Its architecture deliberately renders protesters invisible, remote and irrelevant.

In November, the US will vote in the midterm elections, the first opportunity the US public will have to challenge Donald Trump’s policies at the ballot box. Ahead of this election, we are asking YOU to make an effort to join us, for a part or all of our demonstration, to send a strong message that Guantánamo is not a forgotten issue and closing Guantánamo must be put back on the political agenda.

Although Trump has not delivered on his executive order to send new prisoners to Guantánamo, recent appointments of officials linked to the torture and enduring ordeal of Guantánamo prisoners, such as CIA chief Gina Haspel and current Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh show a worrying trend towards entrenching the policies of his predecessors.

Please help us to make these protests larger and louder than usual.

Our demonstrations take place on the first Thursday of every month at 12-2pm outside the US Embassy. For the next few months, the dates (and details) are as follow:

Thursday 6 September

Thursday 4 October

Thursday 1 November (a few days before the 6 November election).

For more details, email

Aisha is a human rights activist who blogs here