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Director Paul Haggis, Actor Mark Ruffalo Join Amnesty International in Urging Bush Administration to Close Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility

Celebs, Activists Issue Call as Human Rights Organization Brings Guantanamo Cell Replica to Southern California

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) will bring its national tour of a life-size Guantanamo prison cell replica to Santa Monica, California, starting Thursday, Sept. 18, and running through Saturday, Sept. 20. Academy Award-winning director Paul Haggis, actor Mark Ruffalo and others will join AIUSA executive director Larry Cox and lawyers challenging the unlawful detentions at Guantanamo for a press conference at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica calling on the Bush administration to shut down Guantanamo.

Following the press conference, members of the public may tour the cell and record a 30-second reaction video that will be posted on AIUSA’s tearitdown.org Web site. On the outside of the cell is a large LCD screen showing a timeline of illegal U.S. detentions and torture, as well as related facts and quotes. After the visiting the cell, visitors are encouraged to sign the global tearitdown petition.

The cell is a replica of a Camp 5 cell. It brings to life the harsh realities of illegal detention to concerned citizens and highlights the human rights violations that Guantanamo symbolizes. The cell includes a steel toilet, fluorescent lights and a sliding metal door. Detainees reported being held in isolation in similar cells for as long as 23 hours daily.

Previous stops along AIUSA’s national cell replica tour include Miami, Philadelphia, Portland, ME, Washington, D.C., and the Democratic and Republican conventions.

EVENT: Press Conference with Guantanamo Prison Cell Replica

AIUSA executive director Larry Cox, director Paul Haggis, actor Mark Ruffalo, Marisol Orihuela, ACLU attorney who works on detention issues, and Michael Rapkin, attorney representing one of the men detained at Guantanamo & others

DATE: Thursday, September 18 at 10:00 a.m.

LOCATION: Third Street Promenade (at the dinosaur topiary)

(1300 block, between Arizona Avenue and Santa Monica Blvd)

Santa Monica, California

The cell will be open to the public Thursday, Sept. 18, through Saturday, Sept. 20. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

SOURCE Amnesty International

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