Guantánamo Bay

16 years on, the US continues detention without charge at Guantánamo

It’s shameful that 16 years after the opening of Guantánamo, we are still holding people without charge or trial on the basis of faulty ‘intelligence’ extracted through torture. Guantánamo is a violation of America’s strongest-held principles concerning the rule of law.

On 11 January 2002, the authorities opened the detention facility, where at least 780 men would ultimately be held. Today, 41 men are still detained. Some 31 of the men have endured at least a decade of detention without being charged with a crime by US courts.

If the current President really wants to make America great again, he should make 2018 the year that we close this legal black hole. It is the responsibility of the courts and Congress to hold him to account in doing so.

Today, on the 16th anniversary of Guantánamo’s opening, Reprieve US and people all around the world are making renewed calls for all branches of the US government to uphold fundamental values enshrined in US law by ending the practice of detention without charge or trial at Guantánamo Bay.

Reprieve US’ clients, the people I represent, have recently reported being denied medical treatment, and subjected to fresh abuses. These compound the recent history of US torture in detention, including those practices outlined in the US Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA detention and interrogation.

Today, Reprieve, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and counsel for several other detainees will announced a court filing challenging President Trump’s Guantánamo policy.

More to come…

Shelby Sullivan-Bennis

Author Shelby Sullivan-Bennis

Shelby is a Staff Attorney working on abuses in counter-terrorism at Reprieve U.S. She represents several prisoners in Guantanamo Bay and victims of America’s targeted killing program.

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