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Guantánamo Bay – marking 15 years of injustice

Guantánamo Bay has become an enduring symbol of injustice in our time. It stands for torture, abuse and indefinite detention without charge or trial. A total of 779 prisoners have been held there – and 15 years on it remains open with 41 men still being detained.

Today – 11th January – is the 15th anniversary of the first prisoner transfers to Gitmo. Reprieve has been fighting for these prisoners since that day, and we’ve freed more than any other organisation – even those many times our size.

This week, to mark the anniversary of the arrival of the first prisoners in 2002, we bring you a collection of stories from those who have actually been there – former and current detainees and the Reprieve lawyers who are fighting for them.

Throughout this week, we bring you stories of attempted acts of kindness and acts of defiance, accounts of what it’s like to go to Guantánamo and what it’s like to leave. What it’s like to sit in front of a shackled prisoner who is supposed to be the ‘worst of the worst’ and what it’s like to find out they’re anything but. We have letters from detainees, art and accounts of brutal treatment – and much more still to come. 

779 prisoners left in Guantanamo Bay


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