Four years ago, the USA transferred the first "war on terror" detainees –
hooded and shackled - to the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base
Detainee rests inside his cell, Camp Delta, Guantánamo Bay US Naval Base,
As the detention regime at Guantánamo Bay enters its fifth year, around 500
people from 35 countries continue to be held without charge or trial. Denied
their rights under international law, there are mounting allegations of
torture and ill-treatment of detainees at the camp.
Detainees effectively remain in a legal black hole, many with no access to
any court, legal counsel, or family visits. Many are subjected to
confinement in small cells for up to 24 hours a day with minimal opportunity
for exercise. Detainees are often kept in isolation, sometimes for months,
as punishment for the infraction of strict camp rules. Several of the
detainees have attempted suicide. Most recently Bahraini Jumah al Dossari
attempted suicide, reportedly for the tenth time. Other detainees have in
desperation embarked on hunger strikes, being kept alive, sometimes against
their will, through painful force feeding procedures.
Appalling conditions, allegations of torture and other ill-treatment,
detention of individuals in Guantánamo for up to four years without justice:
these are alarming violations of human rights. US plans to try detainees by
military commission will bring even more injustice. These commissions are
not independent and allow statements extracted under torture or coercion,
and hearsay evidence.
Guantánamo detainees must be released, unless charged with recognizable
criminal offences and brought to fair trial.
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