Reposted with permission from Andy Worthington’s blog, Guantanamo hunger striker Younus Chekhouri describes what happened when prison camp authorities raided the hunger strikers on April 13. Chekhouri also describes his own physical and mental anguish, as he experiences both the abuse and torture inside the prison and the effects of the hunger strike undertaken out of desperation, as he has been imprisoned without charges for over 11 years, and while cleared for release, has no idea when or if he will ever leave the U.S. military prison.
|By: Jeff Kaye Friday May 10, 2013 6:55 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday April 15, 2013 11:04 am|
“Today, even George Orwell would have been pressed to conceive the plight of the 86: cleared for release, but denied freedom, using a hunger strike as their last weapon, only to be kept alive by the very people who will not let them go.” —Rupert Cornwell, The Independent Over the weekend, US forces raided a part [...]
|By: Jeff Kaye Tuesday August 16, 2011 12:49 am|
Mamdouh Habib’s water torture in Egypt reminds us that evidence produced by extreme torture at U.S. rendition sites was used to justify the incarceration of innocent men at Guantanamo. The only effective remedy to that, habeas proceedings in U.S. courts, is legally available, but in recent months, has been mainly gutted.
|By: Jeff Kaye Friday August 5, 2011 11:53 am|
The British press is reporting that ten major human rights and anti-torture organizations have announced they will not be cooperating or participating in the United Kingdom Torture Inquiry, headed by Sir Peter Gibson. The organizations, who sent a letter on August 3 to Sara Carnegie, Solicitor to the Detainee Inquiry, cited a lack of transparency and credibility in the proposed investigation, noting, “Plainly an Inquiry conducted in the way that you describe and in accordance with the Protocol would not comply with Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.”
A new phase in the struggle for accountability for torture and war crimes is sure to begin.