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Witness Against Torture

For the fifth year in a row, IRTF joined a community of human rights activists in Washington, DC, Jan 6-13, 2019, for Witness Against Torture’s 2019 Fast for Justice.

For one week we committed to a liquid only fast and  conducted public witnesses through dramatic actions to mark a tragic and ongoing history. Seventeen years ago, on January 11, the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay opened. To this day it remains a living symbol of US torture and human rights abuses, and is still a place of misery for 40 Muslim men.  And under this president we face the ominous threat that the number imprisoned there will rise again.

It is easy to lose hope in these troubling times. But hope resides in bearing witness to injustice, lifting up human dignity, and imploring our fellow citizens not to turn their eyes away. And so, each year we gather until the prison is closed and the detainees are allowed to rejoin their families.

Learn about our actions in past years at