Guantanamo Detainees

The Waugh Zone February 23, 2017

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday, February 23… 1) NOT-SO-SUPER THURSDAY The Washington Post has a punchy new strapline: ‘Democra...

Shaker Aamer 'To Seek Compensation' Following Release From Guantanamo

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 31.10.2015 | UK

Shaker Aamer is reportedly set to take legal action against the Government following his release. Amir, the last British resident held at Guantanam...

Gitmo Inmate Claims He Was Forced Into 'Threesome' With Interrogators

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK

A Guantanamo Bay inmate's diary has made deeply disturbing allegations of his alleged 'torture', including inmates being forced to have sex with femal...

Guantánamo PR Can't Obscure the Reality of Force-Feeding

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK
Clive Stafford Smith

The new motto is "Guantánamo: Safe, Humane, Legal, Transparent." It is neither safe, humane or legal, however, if you are a detainee engaging in a peaceful protest against more than a decade of arbitrary detention. It is hardly transparent.

Moazzam Begg - Case of the Suspect State

Yasmin Khatun Dewan | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK
Yasmin Khatun Dewan

Just over seven months ago, activist, human rights champion and former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg was arrested, arrested on the basis that during a trip to Syria he had facilitated terrorism (or so they said). Now two seasons later and just as his trial was set to begin he's been released with all charges levelled against him dropped.

G4S' Guantánamo Contract is a British Embarrassment

Kevin Lo | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK
Kevin Lo

The largest security services firm in the world, British company G4S, has accepted a £71million contract to run "base support operating services" at Guantánamo Bay... The UK government cannot turn a blind eye at a British company running a torture facility. The British public deserves an explanation.

43 Remarkable Images From Inside Guantanamo Bay Prison

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale and Tahira Mirza | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK

These remarkable images from within the world’s most controversial prison were taken by photographer Matt Sprake, who joined reporter Sean Rayment o...

Guantanamo: The First Postmodern Institution

Tom Johnson | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Johnson

Future horizons shine flecked with gold and freedom in the American dream. The continued existence of Guantanamo tarnishes it with blood.

Bowe Bergdahl's Release Not Welcomed By Everyone In US

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK

NEW YORK -- On Saturday, American soldier Bowe Berghdahl was released by the Taliban after spending almost five years in captivity in Afghanistan. Cau...

UK Court's Drone Ruling Shows the Law Is an Ass

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Politics
Clive Stafford Smith

Recently, British courts have rivalled their counterparts across the pond in competing for the most senseless judgment. The latest example came just yesterday, when three British judges said they could not rule on whether British officials were complicit in murdering Pakistani civilians in US drone strikes because that might embarrass our friends in America.

The Torture Remains the Same

Shaker Aamer | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK
Shaker Aamer

They know what they are doing to me is wrong and that's why they are scared. It is not me they are worried about, but they have some metaphorical sense that their mother or father is going to see what they are up to, and wonder what has become of them. Instead of being a brave soldier, they have been reduced to the rank of 'Scrotum Searcher Third Class', and they are told to beat up a defenceless and shackled prisoner with the help of five of their tough buddies.

Ex Senior Army Legal Advisor's Words Give Comfort in Guantánamo Bay

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Clive Stafford Smith

I sent Shaker Aamer the sermon Reverend Nicholas Mercer delivered in October which denounces the UK's involvement in the tortuous and horrifying tactics used in the 'war on terror' and its continued denial of justice to those still subjected to those same practices. Shaker, clearly touched, wrote back almost immediately.

Why Has the US Government Still Not Released Shaker Aamer?

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Politics
Tasnim Nazeer

Shaker Aamer, the last British resident to be held by the United States in the Guantanamo Bay detention camps, for over 11 years, is still yet to be released by the US government. One has to question why the US is taking so long to release Aamer despite the fact that he has been cleared for release over six years ago?

Last Briton In Guantanamo To Sue MI5 And MI6

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK

Shaker Aamer, the last British man in Guantanamo Bay, is to sue British intelligence services for alleged torture and unlawful detention at the Cuban ...

Have I Lost Hope at Guantanamo?

Shaker Aamer | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Politics
Shaker Aamer

My name is Shaker. I am also known as Sawad Al-Madany because I was born in the Holy City of Medina. Please can you remember these names for me, because I hardly can anymore. Here, they call me 239. In fact, I call myself 239. It feels so strange to witness my name slipping away from me. I can't do anything about it. I wonder how long it is going to take for all of us here in Guantánamo to slip away from the world's memory?

The First Day of My Hunger Strike

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Politics
Clive Stafford Smith

Today is the first day of my hungerstrike. While we have agreed that it can be done in simple solidarity with all the detainees - currently more than 100 are on strike, and at least 48 are being force fed - the alternative is to 'Adopt a Hunger Strike', where you choose to do it in sympathy with a particular prisoner. I was in Guantánamo visiting my clients last week, and I promised Shaker Aamer that I would do the next few days (as long as I can last) adopting his strike.

Shaker Aamer: Pursuing Justice for Freedom

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK
Tasnim Nazeer

How would you feel if you were accused of a crime you didn't commit, if you were taken away from your family and had never laid eyes on your unborn child? How would you feel if you were declared innocent but deprived of your right to freedom without a valid explanation?

Jessica Elgot

Top Lawyer On Hunger Strike For Guantanamo Detainee | Jessica Elgot | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK

Clive Stafford Smith, a top human rights lawyer and activist has declared himself on hunger strike in solidarity with Shaker Aamer, the last British m...

Jessica Elgot

Cameron Writes To Guantanamo Detainee's Daughter | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK

David Cameron has told the teenage daughter of the last British resident in Guantanamo that the UK government is working to secure her father Shaker A...

It's Rotten Here in Jail

Allan Hogarth | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK Politics
Allan Hogarth

I explained to them that I actually understand and agree that many of the people on whose behalf Amnesty work are probably guilty. Guilty of insulting the president, guilty of being gay, guilty of standing up for women's rights. I explained that it's often repressive laws that puts many of the people on whose behalf Amnesty work behind bars.

Free Nabil Hadjarab

David Morrissey | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK
David Morrissey

Nabil was just 22 years old when he was sold for a bounty to US forces and taken to Guantanamo Bay. He has been held there ever since without charge or trial. The US has since admitted that he was mistakenly arrested. In 2007 Nabil was cleared for release. Then, in 2009, Barack Obama became President and promised to close Guantanamo Bay. Nabil - like all the detainees - thought that maybe, finally his time had come to be released from his indefinite detention. Instead, the President did nothing.

WATCH: 'I Like Steak, But I Haven't Had It In A While'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK

A young Muslim man who is on hunger strike in Guantanamo Bay, despite being cleared for release in 2007, is the subject of a new animated film designe...

Shaker Aamer: Prisoner 239 and the Ongoing Scandal of Guantánamo Bay

Rob Atkinson | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Politics
Rob Atkinson

Shaker Aamer had been working for an Islamic charity in Afghanistan in 2001 when he was captured in Jalalabad and handed over to US officials. He was interrogated and then transported to Guantánamo Bay.

Forget Gun Control, Guantanamo and Gay Marriage, The Change Obama Promised Will Be Worth His Every Unfulfilled Ambition

Alastair Carr | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alastair Carr

Obama the "Communist Muslim Atheist" couldn't be more antithetical to the current Republican Party if he tried. He's young, black, unashamedly liberal and actually just as uncompromising as his right wing nemeses.

Will William Hague Try And Save Britain's Last Guantanamo Detainee?

Observer | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Politics

Foreign secretary William Hague is considering making a dramatic public plea for the return of the last former British resident held inside Guantánam...