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Ahmed Bel Bacha repatriated to Algeria

For years Algerian prisoner Ahmed Bel Bacha fought repatriation with the help of his lawyers at Reprieve because the Islamic terrorist group Al Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb threatened his life and the lives of his family if he did not join them.  He had emigrated to the U.K. but was unable to gain assylum.  In 2009 and 2010, the Massachusetts towns of Amherst and Leverett passed resolutions welcoming cleared prisoners to their towns, and Ahmed was one of the two prisoners they had in mind.  We wish Ahmed and his family the very best.

Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo

Our Chicago affiliate is holding vigils in solidarity with the hunger strikers.  See what they're doing and consider holding a vigil in your city or town.


(Photo: Frank Johnson)

Last three Guantánamo Uighurs sent to Slovakia

Five years ago, a federal judge awarded these men the writ of habeas corpus and ordered that they be released to waiting homes in the U.S.--with Uighurs in Fairfax County, Virginia, and in Tallahassee, Florida.  Read more.


(Photo: Brennan Linsley/AP)

Two prisoners returned to Saudi Arabia and two to Sudan

Read about the Saudi men here.  Read the story about the repatriation of the last two Sudanese prisoners here.  One hundred and fifty-eight prisoners remain in Guantánamo.

Two men repatriated to Algeria against their will

The Obama administration has sent two prisoners, Djamel Ameziane and Belkacem Bensayah, back to Algeria against their will.  Read more here.

        
Djamel Ameziane                                                Belkacem Bensayah

New video quotes a hunger-striking prisoner

In Starving for Justice, Guantanamo attorney Buz Eisenberg shares unclassified notes from his recent visit with his client in Guantanamo.  The video contains new insights into the cause and conduct of the strike.

Watch "Life at Gitmo" on 60 Minutes

Watch the November 17, 2013, 60 Minutes episode featuring audio of Shaker Aamer and an interview with his attorney, Clive Stafford Smith.

Berkeley (CA) City Council passes a resolution supporting Guantanamo closure, justice for detainees 

Read the October 25, 2011, resolution here; news release here.  Berkeley is now the third municipality, and the first city, to welcome cleared detainees who cannot safely return to their home countries.

The situation

The Bush administration created the Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba, a prison at Bagram air base in Afghanistan, and other offshore prisons as "law-free zones" that it believed were exempt from U.S. and international law, including the Geneva Conventions and the nearly 800-year-old writ of habeas corpus. The U.S. Supreme Court disagrees.

President Obama promised to close Guantánamo Bay prison, and his administration cleared more than 100 of the remaining prisoners for release, but Congress has halted transfers to a standstill. Other men there, at Bagram, and at other offshore prisons may also be wrongly held by the U.S. military. Some of these men cannot safely return to their home countries. Unfortunately, nine years of scare-mongering have taken a toll on Americans' commitment to human rights for detainees.
 

Be part of the solution

Join No More Guantánamos in a grassroots initiative of concerned citizens, communities, organizations, and pro-bono attorneys representing detainees to:
  • Engage the public in a fact-based dialogue about the planned closure of Guantánamo Bay prison and U.S. detainee policy
  • Transform prisoners’ images in the U.S. from faceless, nameless “terrorists” to human beings who deserve human rights and a presumption of innocence until proven guilty
  • Use prisoners’ stories to overcome unfounded fears of prisoners in your community
 

New!

  • Updated toolkit to support grassroots public education about the planned closure of  Guantánamo Bay prison, using prisoners' stories to overcome musunderstandings about the prisoners.
  • Bagram Prison annotated list of prisoners compiled by Andy Worthington

 

Newest resolution

On October 25, 2011, the Berkeley city council approved a resolution to welcome a few cleared detainees.
  • Read the resolution here.
  • Read news release here.
  • Watch a 20-minute video of a public forum supporting the resolution here

 

Four of the 155 detainees who remain at Guantánamo Bay prison

The prison at Bagram air force base in Afghanistan currently holds more than 1,500 detainees.

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