Michael Withey

NOTE: The Committee for Justice for Domingo and Viernes is deeply indebted to the Center for Constitutional Rights and Michael Ratner for their early support for our justice efforts. The CCR entered an appearance as co-counsel for the Estates of Domingo and Viernes against Ferdinand Marcos in 1982 and provided valuable insights and strategy advice as the case progressed. The Center for Constitutional Rights has fought for thirteen years to demand access to justice for those illegally incarcerated and often tortured at Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. See www.ccrjustice.com. Here is a recent blog adopted from the CCR website:

TBO-Web-Blog-ThumbnailIn its lead editorial today, the Times Editorial Board declared that President Obama should instruct the Justice Department to concede CCR’s case of its client Tariq Ba Odah. According to the Editorial Board, it would be senseless for Obama to do otherwise, not only because justice demands it in Tariq’s tragic case, but also because not contesting Guantánamo habeas cases is one important way the president can take swift, unilateral action to finally close the prison. This is exactly what CCR has been calling for all along.

Tariq, who has been cleared for release since 2009, is in solitary confinement, and has been on an unbroken hunger strike for over eight years to protest his unjust detention at Guantánamo.

Today, Tariq’s message has been heard by many, but we need your help to make sure the Obama administration hears it, too.

Please read and share the NYT editorial on Twitter, Facebook, and via e-mail. And if you haven’t yet, read the powerful piece Tariq’s lawyer, CCR’s Omar Farah, wrote for Rolling Stone about Tariq’s enduring resistance. Anything we can do to amplify Tariq’s story in the coming days and weeks will help build on this momentum. Let’s not allow the decision-makers with control over Tariq to look the other way.

Let us hope this is a sign for good things to come. On behalf of Tariq and justice loving people around the world, as well as other CCR’s Guantánamo client t The Committee for Justice for Domingo and Viernes is deeply indebted to the Center for Constitutional Rights and Michael Ratner for their early support for our justice efforts. The CCR entered an appearance as co-counsel for the Estates of Domingo and Viernes against Ferdinand Marcos in 1982 and provided valuable insights and strategy advice as the case progressed. hank you for continuing to stand with CCR in this important human rights fight.

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