Guantánamo Bay is an illegal prison camp that should never have existed.
Yet it remains open to this day. 39 men are still held there, 18 of those have been cleared for release.
Since it was opened in 2002, nearly 800 men have been held at Guantánamo. All were subject to extraordinary rendition and many were tortured at CIA-run black sites around the world – often with the complicity of US allies, including the UK.
Reprieve led the fight to the US Supreme Court for access to the men held at Guantánamo when it first opened, and we were one of the very first organisations allowed inside. Since then, we have secured freedom for more than 80 men illegally detained without charge or trial – more than any other organisation.
Our unique ‘Life after Guantánamo’ project gives vital support to former detainees and their families all over the world once they have been released. Our aim is to facilitate access to a range of multidisciplinary services to help each former detainee get back on his feet—from specialised torture rehabilitation services to job assistance and social support.
Reprieve is keeping up the fight to free the men who remain in Guantánamo, and to close the prison camp for good.
We continue to fight for 7 men still locked up without charge or trial in Guantánamo in 2020
We provided legal, pastoral and resettlement support to 79 former detainees in 2019