World Beyond War joins the Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases in calling for a global day of action this February 23, 2018.
February 23 marks 115 years since the U.S. government seized Guantánamo Bay from Cuba during what’s commonly called the Spanish-American War. We stand in solidarity with Cuba in opposing the U.S. military’s continued illegal occupation of Guantánamo.
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Since the success of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, Cuba has insisted on the repeal of the treaty that ceded control of Guantánamo to the U.S. For nearly 60 years, Cuba has not recognized the agreement, and has rejected cashing in the United States’ annual check for $4,085 in payment.
But the U.S. has refused to end its illegal occupation of Cuban lands, insisting on the original terms that both countries must agree on the treaty’s termination. Meanwhile, the U.S. has turned Guantánamo into a torture chamber, a prison where the detainees do not have any legal protections.
The Coalition demands that the U.S. government promptly withdraw all its forces and personnel from Guantánamo Bay and immediately declare ALL agreements ceding control of Guantánamo Bay to the United States to be null and void.
Read the full text of the resolution passed by the Coalition here.
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