Guantánamo Bay

A Stain on US History

Guantánamo Bay2022-12-21T17:09:51+00:00

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779 Detained

Guantanamo Bay was setup by the US in January 2002 for the indefinite detention of men without trial. The U.S. military officially acknowledged holding 779 prisoners in the camp. The Department of Defence at first kept secret the numbers and identity of the individuals held in Guantanamo Bay.

735 Released

President Bush insisted the men were the ‘worst of the worst’ yet majority have not been charged or tried for any crime but released. Some of the most recently transferred detainees had been held without charge for more than 14 years.

35 Remain

After 20 years there still remain 35 men. Ex-President Trump announced that he would keep Guantanamo Bay opened and will fill it up with ‘bad dudes’. President Obama promised to close the prison but failed to deliver.

9 Died

A staff sergeant at Guantanamo Bay states three men the Pentagon says killed themselves were actually tortured to death by the CIA. A total of 9 men have died whilst in US custody.

The Injustice Continues

Guantánamo Bay opened in January 2002 when the first detainee arrived, it remains a symbol of torture, rendition and indefinite detention without charge or trial. The total number of days as the injustice continues:

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Open letter from former Guantanamo prisoners to film-makers behind Jihad Rehab

To the Jihad Rehab filmmakers, We write to you regarding your documentary ‘Jihad Rehab’, which we have had the opportunity to review in full. As former Guantánamo Bay detainees never charged with crimes but detained arbitrarily and subjected to years of torture and inhumane treatment by the U.S. government, we

Detained: The unending legal black hole of Guantanamo

As we mark 20 years since the first detainees were brought to Guantanamo Bay, Moazzam Begg provides an overview of the long protracted struggle for justice for the men held in America's legal and moral blackhole. This piece was initially published as part of the report The Terror Trap:

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