The Iceland branch of Amnesty International is organizing protests against the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay in central Reykjavík today.
Today marks the five-year anniversary of the US opening of the prison camp in Cuba for suspected terrorists in relation to military actions in Afghanistan. Morgunbladid reports.
Human rights organizations are planning protests around the world today; one is taking place by the entrance of the military zone in Cuba near Guantanamo Bay.
Protesters demand that all prisoners at Guantanamo be released or be given a fair trial. The international community has objected that detainees at Guantanamo are being held for indeterminate amounts of time without due process of law.
Michael Ratner, the president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, who represents many prisoners at Guantanamo, said yesterday that 90 percent of the prisoners have never violated any American laws.
Protests in Iceland are scheduled to begin at 5 pm at Laekjatorg Square. Orange balloons will be released to symbolize the release of the prisoners at Guantanamo, who wear orange uniforms.