On Jan. 11 thousands of Amnesty International supporters, including our local group, staged protests in more than 30 countries spanning all five major continents calling for an end to the unlawful detention centers at Guantanamo Bay.
I noticed The Star let this important anniversary go unmarked (except for a tiny picture showing demonstrators in D.C.).
Six years ago, the U.S. began detaining people at Guantanamo, without charge, without trial, without end. Since then, conservatives and liberals, military officers, interrogators, senators and representatives have condemned the detention camps there as immoral and ineffective.
I believe the perpetrators of the heinous attacks of 9/11 must be brought to justice. I believe the U.S. has a duty to protect its citizens. Guantanamo Bay helps us do neither.
Justice only comes when governments uphold the rule of law and universally respect human rights. The detainees at Guantanamo must be brought to trial or released.
Group coordinator, Amnesty International
Local Group No. 115
Kansas City, Kan.