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  1. Shaker Aamer at Guantanamo

    When will the abuse end?

    Sinead Nowak on 28 October 2013

    If Shaker Aamer were American he would enjoy various rights: he certainly could not be tortured in violation of the Eight Amendment to the US Constitution. He would have the right to know the charges against him and to have a fair and public trial guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment.

    But Shaker, a British resident now spending his twelfth year in Guantánamo Bay, does not enjoy the legal rights of an American. Indeed, because the US has not signed a single international convention that is enforceable on Shaker’s behalf, he has fewer rights than the iguanas that roam ...

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    The Guantánamo Ozymandias

    Clive Stafford Smith on 28 October 2013

    When I was a child, my father used to recite Ozymandias, by Percy Bysshe Shelley, so often that I absorbed it by osmosis. Now I have a tendency to inflict it on others. Never has the poem been more apt than when considering the Leeward Side of the U.S. Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay:

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    Guantanamo Bay: The Hunger Strikes

    Natasha Turak on 23 October 2013

    In case you missed it, The Guardian newspaper recently released their “Guantanamo Bay: The Hunger Strikes” animation. This moving film depicts the harsh reality of life inside the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.  Made alongside ...

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    "Open Europe", Shut Case - Lithuania Denies CIA Prison Evidence

    Crofton Black on 07 October 2013

    At the end of September I spent a few days in the beautiful city of Vilnius, with colleagues from Amnesty International and other NGOs. We were talking to government officials about accountability in Europe for the CIA’s secret prison programme, which saw dozens of prisoners held illegally and tortured in “black sites” between 2002 and 2006. Lithuania currently holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union. Among its principal priorities: active dialogue, cooperation with Member States, the promotion of democratic values, and the active protection of rights. Behind the elegant facades of the ministries, the government was ...

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    Daily Life in Guantanamo

    Becca Naylor on 18 September 2013

    Can you guess what these ten things have in common in Guantánamo Bay? 

    1. Sitting quietly in the rec yard, enjoying a few more minutes of sun (a rare luxury when you’re often given rec time during the middle of the night);
    2. Being on hunger strike to assert your rights the only way you can;
    3. Participating in a peaceful demonstration; 
    4. Moving to a new camp as per guards’ orders; 
    5. Taking a phone call with your lawyer;
    6. Receiving food (despite not wanting it due to your hunger strike); 
    7. Asking for medication that was prescribed by the doctor;   
    8. Requesting water; 
    9. Lying ...

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    FDA Citizen Petition on Reglan use at Guantanamo

    Catherine Gilfedder on 11 September 2013

    More than six months since the current hunger strike at Guantánamo began, detainees are continuing to refuse food in protest at their ongoing detention and mistreatment, with many still being force-fed.  These detainees have no control or say over what drugs and substances are forcibly administered to them, in contravention of accepted medical practice and pharmaceutical regulations. 

    Perhaps most worryingly, the Department of Defense’s “Standard Operating Procedure for Medical Management of Detainees on Hunger Strike” (SOP), the rulebook for force-feeding at Guantánamo instructs medical staff force-feeding Guantánamo prisoners to treat nauseated detainees with Reglan – an anti-nausea ...

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  7. Shaker Aamer at Guantanamo

    Ex-M16 officer Harry Ferguson ends week-long hunger strike in support of Guantanamo detainees

    Natasha Turak on 19 August 2013

    Former MI6 operative Harry Ferguson completed his week-long hunger strike in support of Guantánamo detainees yesterday, August 18th.  His actions were in solidarity with those hunger-striking at Guantánamo Bay in protest against their indefinite detention without trial or charge.  Ferguson’s strike was specifically aimed at raising awareness for the plight of Shaker Aamer, a British resident who has been detained for over 11 years despite having been cleared for release under both the Obama and Bush administrations.  

    Ferguson’s hunger strike gained a wave of media attention, as his story was published in news outlets in the ...

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    Save Zulfiqar Ali Khan

    Kate Higham on 15 August 2013

    After a five year moratorium Pakistan – the country with the world’s largest death row – has now pledged to resume executions. Pakistan’s criminal justice system is deeply flawed, with chronic delay, corruption, torture, and even fabrication of evidence all being common place. Of the 8,000 people currently on Pakistan’s death row up to 450 could be facing execution in the next few months alone – the majority of those prisoners may never have received a fair trial. One such prisoner, Dr Zulfiqar Ali Khan, now faces execution on the 21st August, unless we can raise the money ...

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    John Grisham books banned at Guantánamo Bay

    Reprieve on 14 August 2013

    Last weekend, author John Grisham wrote a piece in the New York Times on Guantánamo detainee Nabil Hadjarab – one of Reprieve’s clients.  

    Mr Grisham said he “became curious” after learning that some of his books had been banned at Guantánamo Bay, and that Nabil was a fan of his work.  The following is an extract from his article, which first appeared in the NYT on 10 August:

    About two months ago I learned that some of my books had been banned at Guantánamo Bay. Apparently detainees were requesting them, and their lawyers were delivering them to ...

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  10. Shaker Aamer at Guantanamo

    Ex-MI6 officer Harry Ferguson on hunger strike in solidarity with Guantánamo inmates

    Natasha Turak on 13 August 2013

    Harry Ferguson, a former MI6 officer, began a week-long hunger strike on Monday in solidarity with Guantánamo prisoner Shaker Aamer. Shaker, a British resident, has been detained for 11 years without charge, and has long been cleared for release by the US Government. Mr Ferguson describes his experience so far: 

    10 August – Prior to beginning the fast, he writes, “Looking ahead to what it will be like with no food at all, I am already wondering if I’ve given myself a task I can’t achieve. Still, I’ve got the image of Shaker and the other hunger ...

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