UK Guantanamo

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

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 10.10.2014 | 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 02.10.2014 | 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 08.09.2014 | 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 05.09.2014 | 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.

Guantánamo: Where There Are No Shades of Grey

Neil Durkin | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

One of the books that detainees at Guantánamo Bay are 50 Shades of Grey, the international bestseller from the US writer EL James. Could it be that the US military authorities have decided that James' erotic thriller is actually pornographic (so-called "mummy porn") and therefore unsuitable for the camp's 155 detainees?

Mehdi's Morning Memo: The Osborne Ultimatum

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Wednesday 15 January 2013... 1) THE OSBORNE ULTIMATUM Can the Tory leadership shut down the Europe ...

The Torture Remains the Same

Shaker Aamer | Posted 02.03.2014 | 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?

Shaker Aamer: Treatment In Guantanamo Worse Than 'Despotic Regime'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK

Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in Guantanamo Bay has accused the US government of enforcing a punishment on him that even the most "despotic ...

'Leave Us To Die In Peace.. Or Tell The World The Truth'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Shaker Aamer, the last British resident being held at Guantanamo Bay, has called for authorities to "let the world come and visit" to allow people to ...

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 ...

Has An Ex-Guantánamo Detainee Died Fighting In Syria? (GRAPHIC CONTENT)

Posted 18.11.2013 | UK

Reports have stated that a former Guantánamo prisoner has died fighting alongside rebels in Syria. A video purporting to show the body of one of t...

Watching Yasiin Bey Be Force-Fed Guantanamo Style

Clemency Wells | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK
Clemency Wells

We simply have to reiterate the facts which speak for themselves: the vast majority of men in Guantanamo have not been charged, let alone given a trial. More than 52% have been cleared for release by the very government which continues to hold them.

Have I Lost Hope at Guantanamo?

Shaker Aamer | Posted 01.10.2013 | 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?