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Guantánamo Bay - a human rights scandal

Two detainees are escorted to a medium security facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


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Cruel. Inhuman. Degrades us all.

The unlawful detention of “enemy combatants” at the US Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba has now entered its fifth year. Hundreds of people of around 35 different nationalities remain held in effect in a legal black hole, many without access to any court, legal counsel or family visits.

Many of these detainees allege they have been subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. In desperation, some detainees have attempted suicide. Others have gone on prolonged hunger strikes, being kept alive only through painful force feeding measures.

Guantánamo Bay has become a symbol of injustice and abuse in the US administration’s “war on terror”. It must be closed down

In depth report

Prisioners in Guantánamo. © AI Guantánamo and beyond: The continuing pursuit of unchecked executive power
It is over a year since the United States Supreme Court ruled that US courts have the jurisdiction to consider appeals from detainees in Guantánamo Bay. This report shows how the US administration, in seeking to block judicial review every step of the way, has ensured that not a single detainee has had the lawfulness of his detention judicially reviewed. And though over a year since the Abu Ghraib torture scandal broke, the conditions remain in place for torture and ill-treatment, in Guantánamo Bay and beyond, to occur.
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Spotlight on Guantánamo Bay

The family of Abdulsalam al-Hela:
Abdulsalam al-Hela has been held in Guantánamo Bay since September 2004. He was abducted in Egypt during a business trip in 2002 and held in secret detention in Afghanistan. His family said that the Egyptian embassy in Sana’a, Yemen, told them that he had left Egypt on "a special American plane that took him to Baku, Azerbaijan" Video