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Guantánamo: first detainee transfer under Biden welcomed, but camp must close

Many at the camp have supposedly been cleared for release for years © Amnesty USA

Two decades on, 39 still held at the notorious detention centre Toffiq al-Bihani’s case highlighted - tortured and held without charge since 2003 ‘The detention facility has been allowed to stay open for far too long’ - Daphne Eviatar Responding to the US authorities’ transfer of the first detainee out of Guantánamo Bay under the administration of President Joe Biden, Daphne Eviatar, Director of the Amnesty International USA’s Security With Human Rights programme, said: “The Biden administration’s first transfer out of Guantánamo is a welcome step. “Now we need to see the remaining ten

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Guantánamo: psychologists who created CIA torture techniques to testify

The two psychologists are testifying in a pre-trial hearing for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed at Guantánamo © Amnesty International

Two contract psychologists to testify at Guantánamo for first time James E Mitchell and John ‘Bruce’ Jessen responsible for waterboarding, confinement in small boxes, beatings and sleep deprivation Amnesty expert to attend Monday’s hearing - available for interview The two psychologists responsible for designing and implementing the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” will testify in pre-trial hearings at Guantánamo Bay next week. The two contract psychologists, James E Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen, were responsible for developing the CIA’s infamous “enhanced interrogation techniques

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Guantánamo still a 'stain' on USA's human rights record

Hundreds of detainees have been held at the camp, many after prolonged secret detention in other countries © Private

40 detainees still held at notorious military prison opened 17 years ago The military prison at Guantánamo Bay remains a stain on the human rights record of the United States and a location for ongoing human rights violations, said Amnesty International ahead of the 17-year anniversary of its opening on 11 January 2002. The US naval prison at Guantánamo in Cuba currently holds 40 Muslim men, many of whom have been tortured - while many of the detainees have been cleared for transfer for years. Among these is Toffiq al-Bihani, who was tortured by the CIA before he was sent to Guantánamo in 2003

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Urgent Action update: Guantánamo transfer policy under wraps

The US Secretary of Defense has sent the White House his policy recommendations on detainee transfers to Guantánamo.

1st update on UA 42/18 issued 11/05/2018

USA: plans to send new detainees to Guantánamo strongly opposed

Reacting to news that U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has provided the White House updated guidance on criteria for transferring new individuals to the Guantánamo Bay detention center in Cuba, Daphne Eviatar, Director of Security with Human Rights at Amnesty International USA, stated: “Although so far the new policy is secret, the US government’s statement suggests it will allow new detainees to be transferred to Guantánamo. Given the history of torture, unlawful detention and complete lack of justice provided there, no new detainees should ever be transferred to Guantánamo. The prison

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Urgent Action: Oppose detainee transfers to Guantánamo

The US authorities are preparing for possible detainee transfers to the US naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

UA 42/18 issued 23/02/2018
Jan 26 2017 5:54PM
Demand that Theresa May raises human rights with President Trump

It’s been a rollercoaster of a week. It was never going to be otherwise. As Donald Trump fulfils some of his manifesto promises and tramples over the rights of people around the world in the process, we need our Prime Minister to...

Our final plea to Obama to close Guantánamo

Detainees at Guantánamo Bay
'Eight years ago, President Obama began his presidency by pledging to close the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay. He should end his presidency by fulfilling that promise.' 
Margaret Huang, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA 
It has been more than 15 years since the first detainees arrived at Guantánamo Bay detention centre, the US naval base in Cuba infamous for its shocking human rights record of torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. 

Guantánamo Bay: 14 years of injustice

Detainees on arrival to Camp X-Ray, the holding facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. © US DoD
Guantánamo Bay detention centre – a symbol of torture, rendition and indefinite detention without charge or trial – is in its 15th year of existence.

Immediately after his election as president in 2009, Barack Obama promised that he would close the camp within one year. 

Seven years on, the notorious detention centre remains open.

Dec 31 2015 3:43PM
Thank you for everything in 2015

We have a lot of work to do in 2016, but for now we thought it'd be nice to reflect back on what we've achieved together in 2015. From campaigning successfully for the release of Shaker Aamer, the last UK resident in Guantanamo Bay...

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