UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Guantanamo - Amnesty International global protests mark 5 year anniversary

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8 Jan 2007
[International Secretariat]
Topic: Fight Against Terrorism and Human Rights
Marking five years since the first transfer of prisoners to Guantanamo Bay, Amnesty International is planning a series of events across the world to demand the immediate closure of the detention centre.
These include:

In the USA... In Washington DC at 10:30 (local time) a press conference will be followed by a rally on the steps of the U.S Supreme Court
When: 11 January 2007
Contact: Sharon Singh on +1 202 544 0200 x289, email ssingh@aiusa.org

In New York City, vigil and prayers to close Guantanamo
When: Thursday 11 January, 12.00 - 13.30 p.m (local time).
Where: Foley Square, Manhattan, New York
Contact: email mkennis@aiusa.org or call + 212 633 4169

In the UK... Guantanamo Bay camp will be recreated outside the US embassy in London. Hundreds of people in orange boiler suits will be kneeling in the "stress" position, patrolled by uniform-clad "US guards" with large dogs on leashes.
When: 11 January 2007
Time: 10.30 - 11.20 (local time)
Where: US embassy, 24 Grosvenor Square, London W1A 1AE
Contact: IS Press Office on + 44 (0) 207 413 5566

In Spain... The US embassy in Madrid will be presented with an instruction sheet on 'How to Close Guantanamo', together with 120,000 signatures of people calling for Guantanamo's closure.
When: 11 January 2007
Time: 11.00 (local time)
Where: US embassy, Calle Serrano 75, Madrid
Contact: Press office on +34 91 310 1277 or mobile +34 630 746802

In Italy... caged campaigners in orange overalls will protest in Rome's central square, together with activists dressed as guards. Italian celebrities will read out testimonies written by Guantanamo detainees.
When: 11 January 2007
Time: 17.30 - 18.30 (local time)
Where: Piazza di Pietra, Roma
Contact: Press office on +39 6 4490224, mobile+ 39 348 6974361, email: press@amnesty.it

In Israel... a demonstration will be held, collecting messages of protest to be sent to the US Ambassador in Israel
When: 10 January 2007
Time: 11:00 - 15:00 (local time)
Where: in front of the US Embassy in Tel Aviv on the Tel Aviv Beachfront
Contact: lan Lonai, Campaign Coordinator, +972-52-335-6599 or Udi Gilad,
Press Officer, +972-54-466-0300

In Japan... former Guantanamo detainees Ruhel Ahmed and Shafiq Rasul, part of the 'Tipton Three', will attend a screening of The Road to Guantanamo and take part in a panel discussion.
When: 13 January 2007
Time: Screening: 14.30 - 16.00 followed by panel discussion: 16.25 - 17.50 (local time)
Where: Hatsumei Kaikan Hall, Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Contact: Kawakami Sonoko on +81 3 3518 6777, email ksonoko@amnesty.or.jp

In a related event, former Guantanamo detainees Ruhel Ahmed and Shafiq Rasul will be at a press conference to launch the film Road to Guantanamo.
When: 11 January 2007
Time: 15.00 (local time)
Where: Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan, Yurakucho Denki North
Building 20F, Tokyo
Contact: FCCJ on +81-3-3211-3161

Further events are planned in many other countries.

Media Advisory
AI Index: AMR 51/000/2007 (Public)
News Service No: 002
8 January 2007

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