UK Guantanamo

The Chilling Reason Why Shaker Aamer Didn't Eat Or Drink On His Flight Home

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK

Former British-based Guantánamo Bay detainee Shaker Aamer, was flown home last week after being freed from 13 years in captivity. It has now been ...

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...

Shaker Aamer Thanks His Supporters For Their 'Devotion'

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK

Shaker Aamer said he is "overwhelmed" with the support he has received over the last 13 years as he thanked all those who fought for his release on Fr...

Obama In 'Final Stages' Of Plan To Close Guantanamo

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK

NEW YORK -- The White House is planning to close controversial detention centre Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to a spokesman for the administration....

This Former Al-Qaeda Trainee Is On A Mission To Take The 'Glamour' Out Of Jihad

AP | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK

He learned warfare in an al-Qaeda training camp, then spent over two years in a small cage at Guantanamo, and more time in a French prison. With s...

Death Disco: Music, Torture and the Diary of Mojamedou Ould Slahi

Neil Durkin | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK
Neil Durkin

I reckon that Slahi's diary, for all that it's especially noteworthy because it comes from the barren terrain of Guantánamo incarceration, is also interesting purely because it is a diary, one of the great genres of writing...

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...

Torture Is Torture - Regardless of Who Does It

James Snell | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK
James Snell

Some of these horrors make agonising reading - but it is incorrect to say that they defy description. In the cold, expressionless language of the Senate report, even blunt, mechanical phrases can contain the key to understanding a world of pain. 'Rectal feeding' is one. 'Stress position' is another. Through reams of inert prose, an appalling picture of abuse is built up and solidified.

We Stand with Shaker Campaign: Free the last British Citizen held at Guantanamo

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Politics
Tasnim Nazeer

Shaker Aamer, a Saudi Arabian citizen and the last British resident to be held without charge at Guantanamo bay has still not been given the freedom he deserves after more than 13 years of imprisonment.

CIA Torture Report: The Lid Lifted?

Neil Durkin | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK
Neil Durkin

Is the long-awaited report into CIA torture during the so-called "war on terror" an exercise on transparency or something rather less than that? Seems to me it's clearly the latter...

The Last British Man In Guantánamo Is Now A Giant Inflatable

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK

Politicians and celebrities have posed with a giant inflatable to support the last British man in Guantánamo, accusing governments of leaving Shaker ...

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 | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK
Yasmin Khatun

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.

7 Terror Charges Dropped Against Moazzam Begg

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg today had seven terror charges connected with the civil war in Syria dramatically dropped at the Old Baile...

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.

Why Did the British Authorities Treat This Bahraini Rights Activist So Badly?

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK
Clive Stafford Smith

It is undoubtedly true that there are some barbaric extremists who pervert the meaning of Islam - many of whom may now be associated with ISIS in Iraq and Syria. All the more reason, then, for us to identify our friends in the Islamic world, and treat them well. Why, then, did the British authorities treat my friend Nebeel Rajab, his wife, his 16-year-old son, and his 12-year-old daughter so badly?

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...

Red Hot Chili Peppers Music 'Used To Torture Terror Suspects'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK

Exposure to music by the Red Hot Chili Peppers was reportedly one of the torture techniques used by the US Government on terror suspects. Speaking ...

Moazzam Begg Appears At Old Bailey On Terror Charges

PA | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg has appeared at the Old Bailey on terrorism charges relating to the civil war in Syria. Begg, 45, of Bo...

Twelve Years a Guantánamo Slave

Neil Durkin | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Well, not exactly a slave, but a slave of the Guantánamo system. I'm talking about Shaker Aamer, the former UK resident who is still - still - marooned at the notorious US detention centre in the Caribbean almost exactly 12 years after being taken there during the height of George W Bush's frenzied and law-breaking "war on terror".

Obama and the Power of the Pen

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

Up till now, President Obama has used his executive power sparingly compared to his recent predecessors. However, President Obama needs to chose these battles wisely and make sure he is on the right side of history when he acts alone.

Camp X-Ray - Guantanamo Revealed

Ijeoma E. Okoli | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Politics
Ijeoma E. Okoli

The 30th Annual Sundance Film Festival concluded on January 26th. As a film industry outsider, what was supposed to be a light-hearted divertissement for me took a turn for the thought-provoking upon watching the film, Camp X-Ray.

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.