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Guantanamo Bay (81111-C1-R9999)

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Try or Release Guantanamo Detainees and Close the Guantanamo Bay Facility

As Christians, we understand the scriptural teaching to walk humbly with God, to do justice and to love mercy; we understand Jesus’ command to love one another.  As United Methodist Christians, we have committed ourselves through our Social Creed to “the rights and dignity of all persons.” Our Social Principles state that “the mistreatment or torture of persons by governments for any purpose violates Christian teaching and must be condemned and/or opposed by Christians and churches wherever and whenever it occurs.”
Since the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, hundreds of people have been held at the Guantanamo detention facility for up to five years without being charged with a crime. They are without legal representation and contact with the outside world.  Their families do not know whether they are alive or dead. The Guantanamo prison has been designated as a facility without law or application of the Geneva Conventions. As United Methodists we are obligated to act for just treatment of the detainees and the removal of this setting for mistreatment of human beings.
Therefore, The General Conference of the UMC asks the President and the United States Congress  to:  1) try or release the detainees without delay and, thereafter, 2) close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.