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Guantanamo Bay (80053-C1-NonDis)

We petition the 2008 General Conference of the United Methodist Church to send formal letters of protest to the President and Congress of the United States, urging the government to expeditiously bring all Guantanamo detainees to trial, or release them without further delay; and that the Congress be urged to rescind the Military Commissions Act of 2006, restoring the Writ of Habeus Corpus to any and all detainees.

Rationale

Hundreds of detainees are being held in Guantanamo without charges or trial for as much as five years; and legal representation or any contact with the outside world of family or friends for detainees has been repeatedly blocked by the U.S. Government; and the Social Principles of the United Methodist...