Thursday, June 30, 2016

LGC Newsletter – June 2016



NEWS:
Guantánamo Bay:
There are currently 79 prisoners at Guantánamo Bay after one Yemeni prisoner was transferred to Montenegro on 22 June. Abdel Malik Ahmed Abdel Wahab al-Rahabi, 36, arrived at Guantánamo on 11 January 2002. Accused of having once served as a bodyguard for Osama Bin Laden, as a very large number of other Guantánamo prisoners have been, he was never charged or tried for any offences.

Pre-trial hearings into the alleged involvement of 5 Guantánamo Bay prisoners in the attacks in New York on 11 September 2001 continued this month. As part of consideration of the conditions in which the defendants are being held in and the torture they claim to have suffered at Guantánamo, two other prisoners, who are not facing charges, were called to give evidence in the case. Somali prisoner Hassan Guleed told the court of the torture he has been subject to in the secret camp (Camp 7) he and the defendants are held in. He echoed their claims of sleep deprivation and that there are deliberate noises and vibrations in the camp as well as strange chemical smells used to pressurize the prisoners. He called it “mental torture”.
Abu Zubaydah, who has not been seen other than by his CIA and military torturers and captors since 2002, was also supposed to give evidence. He allegedly came to the door but was turned back and the hearing set for another date as the lawyers asked for an adjournment when Abu Zubaydah’s lawyer objected to the incriminating questions put to Guleed. The prosecution lawyer asked questions about Guleed’s involvement with terrorist organisations in East Africa even though he had no legal representation, was not on trial or facing one and the questions were not relevant to his testimony in court. The two men were asked to testify by the defence lawyers of one of the 5 defendants to show that the conditions under which they are held make it difficult for them to contribute effectively to the proceedings.
At the same hearing the next day, a former prison commander claimed that Guleed’s claims were not true and that the prisoners had not been tormented by guards or subject to torture. Instead, he said that Ramzi Bin Al-Shibh, who had made the accusations of noise and sleep deprivation and asked other prisoners to testify, had made over 90% of complaints in Camp 7 when he was in charge there. When asked why these complaints were not investigated, he said they were not considered credible.
Lawyers for Al-Shibh also requested that the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez be granted permission to come and inspect the camp conditions for himself. He was invited to join a media tour of Guantánamo in 2012 but refused as he would not have full access to prisoners and facilities. The lawyer made an application for him to visit and be given fuller access in May. Lawyers for the men have said that Mendez may accept just to be given access to Camp 7 where the defendants and other high value prisoners like Abu Zubaydah and Ahmed Guleed are held.

Nine prisoners had their status reviewed to consider whether they can be cleared for release by the periodic review board, bringing the number of prisoners who have had their cases reviewed to 50 in total.
Mohamedou Ould Slahi, the last Mauritanian prisoner and best-selling author of Guantanamo Diary had his hearing on 2 June. His counsel stated that if released he would want to return to his family in Mauritania, start a business, and promote his book if he is allowed to travel. Ould Slahi has been described as a compliant prisoner and even a former prisoner guard wrote a letter in support of his release. Representatives from the Mauritanian Embassy attended with the media at the unclassified parts of the hearing.
On 7 June, Moroccan prisoner Abdul Latif Nasir had his review hearing. The US military simultaneously alleges that he was a seasoned fighter for various extremist groups and a member of a non-violent mystical Islamic group in Morocco focusing on spiritualism. Nasir was not captured but purchased for a bounty by the US military which was vague about how he was captured and the dates and locations of the many places he is alleged to have fought in. Nasir wants to return to Morocco and would get work through his family there.
Abdul Zahir, a 44-year old Afghan who the US says it “probably misidentified” was the third prisoner to have his review hearing on 9 June. He arrived at Guantánamo in October 2002 after having being captured in a raid: “The supposed chemical or biological agents that U.S. forces seized during the raid turned out to be salt, sugar and petroleum jelly.”
http://www.courthousenews.com/2016/06/09/probable-case-of-mistaken-id-recounted-for-gitmo-board.htm
Another Afghan prisoner, Haroon Al-Afghani, held at Guantánamo since June 2007 had his hearing on 14 June. The US military claims that he worked with various militant groups and the Taliban in Afghanistan and even launched attacks on the US and its allies but has never charged him.
Saudi prisoner Mohammed Al-Qahtani, whom the US has admitted torturing, “including severe sleep deprivation, sexual humiliation, violence and other sadistic interrogation methods carried out for weeks,” had his hearing on 16 June. Having tried to enter the US in August 2001, the United States alleged he was the 20th bomber for the September 2001 attacks. His lawyers, however, painted a picture of a man with severe mental health issues, going back to his childhood, which have been greatly worsened. Charges brought against him early on were dropped when it was realised that all the evidence came from the torture he had been subject to. His lawyers argued for him to be sent home to Saudi Arabia where he can receive adequate care for his psychiatric issues. In a statement, they said, “Filings made before the Periodic Review Board disclose, for the first time, that from an early age al Qahtani suffered from schizophrenia, major depression, and possible traumatic brain injury. He was mentally ill not only prior to his imprisonment and torture at Guantánamo, but also long before the government claims he was invited into the secretive, closely-guarded 9/11 conspiracy. Records independently located by the Center for Constitutional Rights show that al Qahtani was involuntarily committed to a mental hospital in Mecca in May 2000 because he suffered an acute psychotic break and attempted to throw himself into moving traffic. Saudi police once found him naked in a garbage dumpster, and he heard voices and suffered other classic symptoms of psychosis throughout his adolescence. A psychiatric expert’s report, based on the hospitalization records, other investigative work, and many hours of examination of al Qahtani, was filed with the Review Board as well.
Russian prisoner Ravil Mingazov had his hearing on 21 June. While the US presented him as having military training from Russia and having been involved with Islamist groups in Tajikistan, his lawyers explained he had a non-combat role (and was not trained) in the army and was trying to seek asylum in Tajikistan. He does not wish to return to Russia where his family has been persecuted and hopes to come instead to the UK where his wife and children have successfully sought asylum.
Ghassan Abdullah Al-Sharbi, a Saudi prisoner who is a qualified engineer from the US and Saudi Arabia, had his hearing on 23 June. He has been non-compliant and chose not to attend and did not meet with his representative.
Yemeni Musab Omar Ali Al-Mudwani, 36, had his review hearing on 28 June. Described as a low-level militant and compliant prisoner, he would ideally like to return to Yemen which is currently barred by the US administration.
Yemeni prisoner Hail Aziz Ahmed Al-Maythali had his hearing on 30 June.
In addition, four prisoners who have already had reviews learned the outcome in June: only one, Afghan Karim Bostan, 46, was cleared for release. Three other prisoners – 2 Yemenis and a Kenyan – were deemed to remain too dangerous to release by the arbitrary administrative board whose decisions are not based on law.

Former Guantánamo prisoners Belgian Moussa Zemmouri and Algerian Soufian Abar Huwari went on trial for a week in Brussels from 13 June on alleged terrorism charges related to a burglary in Antwerp, the proceeds of which the Belgian authorities claim would have gone to fund terrorism in Syria. Neither man was charged at Guantánamo or had been until their arrest in Belgium last year.
In Spain, following his arrest in 2014, for allegedly running a terrorist cell linked to the war in Syria, former prisoner Lahcen Ikassrien went on trial on 20 June along with others who are co-accused. Due to his Guantánamo imprisonment and as the alleged ringleader, the Spanish prosecutor asked for a longer sentence for him. He was never charged at Guantánamo and did not come to the attention of the authorities after his 2005 release until his arrest. However, shortly before his 2014 arrest, Spanish prosecutors said they would be willing to start a case into the torture he and other former prisoners claim they suffered in US detention.

Extraordinary Rendition:
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced that following its 4-year investigation it will not be pressing criminal charges against officials, including former foreign secretary Jack Straw, for British collusion in the rendition to torture of Libyan dissident Abdel Hakim Belhaj and his wife, who was pregnant at the time, from Southeast Asia to Libya in 2004. There will be no prosecutions in the case.
Following this decision, the matter was discussed in parliament – concerning what the intelligence services knew and disclosed – on 29 June and a call by a number of human rights organisations to hold a judge-led inquiry into the UK’s involvement in extraordinary rendition and CIA torture was dismissed by Prime Minister David Cameron.
On 8 June, the European Parliament passed a new non-binding resolution calling on Member States to investigate their role in extraordinary rendition and more the Parliament to conduct more fact-finding missions.

Sabrina de Sousa, a former CIA agent convicted in absentia by an Italian court along with colleagues for her role in the 2003 rendition of Milan-based cleric Abu Omar lost her fight against extradition from Portugal to Italy after the Portuguese Supreme Court rejected her claims. It is likely that she will have to go to Italy to hear her sentence but that she will be able to serve it in Portugal. She claims she was only an interpreter and had nothing to do with the torture Abu Omar has faced. Although she did not ask him, he has asked the Italian authorities to pardon her. She asked Hilary Clinton for help but that was not given. It is the only case anywhere in the world where CIA agents have been found guilty of torture under the extraordinary rendition programme. Facilitating torture is also a crime against humanity and a war crime.

In response to a freedom of information filing made by the American Civil Liberties Union, the CIA has released 50 new documents that shed considerable light on the extraordinary rendition programme. The full documents can be viewed through a link at:

Guantánamo prisoner Mustafa Al-Hawsawi who claimed he was held at a secret CIA-run prison in Lithuania has had “victim status” denied which would grant him greater protection and more access to information as part of an ongoing investigation. The Lithuanian authorities claim there is no proof that any such torture facility was run in the country but will not allow a full and impartial investigation to go ahead at the same time.

On 29 June, two cases were heard at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg against Lithuania (brought by Abu Zubaydah) and Romania (brought by Abd Al-Nashiri) for the torture they suffered at secret CIA-run facilities in these states. Lawyers for Al-Nashiri told the court that the CIA had paid Romania millions of dollars to run such facilities. The Lithuanian government remains in denial about its role.

LGC Activities:
The June Shut Guantánamo demonstration was on Thursday 2 June. As it coincided with the periodic review board hearing of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a special “Free Slahi” demo was held outside the US Embassy with readings from Guantánamo Diary. A similar but much larger protest was held outside the US Embassy in Mauritania on the same day. The July demonstration is on 7 July at 12-1pm outside the US Embassy and 1.15-2.15pm outside Speaker’s Corner, Hyde Park, opposite Marble Arch: https://www.facebook.com/events/320814844916185/

The LGC marked UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on 26 June with a special “Borders of Torture” solidarity vigil in Trafalgar Square focusing on the refugee crisis. Many refugees are survivors of torture. This year's theme was “support life after torture” and so activists from the LGC put together a clothesline with “bloody” t-shirts and a banner stating “Don’t hang torture survivors out to dry”. Read our report here:

The LGC (@shutguantanamo) is continuing to hold weekly #GitmObama Twitter storms to raise awareness about Guantánamo prisoners every Monday at 9pm BST. The pastebin is available http://pastebin.com/zpx5F7ab which is updated weekly with the latest information and tweets to raise awareness about Guantánamo. Please join us online if you can!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Borders of Torture: Solidarity Vigil on UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture



Report
As we have done every year since 2010, the London Guantánamo Campaign marked UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, 26 June, with a public vigil in solidarity with all victims and survivors of torture worldwide. With the international theme this year of “Support Life after Torture”, the LGC turned its attention to one of the biggest crises currently facing the world: the refugee crisis. There are currently over 65 million people worldwide displaced by wars and conflicts and over half of them are children. Many of the people seeking refuge abroad are survivors of torture. As well as a difficult journey to safety, which can include further persecution and inhumane treatment, many men, women and children are denied refuge or are treated like criminals and held in appalling conditions in immigration detention centres and denied access to rehabilitation and adequate care.






The LGC highlighted the poor response from the UK and other European states in a silent vigil attended by around 20 people. Our solidarity action was very visual and powerful. The vigil, entitled the “Borders of Torture” involved activists holding up a washing line with bloodied (no one was harmed in the process) t-shirts and an accompanying banner stating “Don’t Hang Torture Victims out to Dry”. On a sunny and crowded afternoon in central London’s Trafalgar Square, the action was a huge hit with the public. Many people stopped to contemplate the message, take photographs of it, take leaflets and talk to activists handing them out. Overall, the public response was very positive and supportive of the action. The LGC was joined by the Guantánamo Justice Campaign and individuals activists on issues such as covert harassment. The LGC thanks everyone who joined. 
This year’s theme and action are not a departure from our regular work on Guantánamo Bay prisoners as more than half of the remaining 79 prisoners are in the exact same position as the refugees fleeing their homelands. Many cannot return to their countries of origin due to wars there and do not have a safe third country to which they can be sent. Yemenis make up the largest nationality group at Guantánamo. Almost 30 are cleared for release but remain at Guantánamo as they have nowhere to go. Some have been cleared for release for over a decade. As well as offering refuge, states must also ensure that torture survivors have a right to redress and rehabilitation.
Although we take the opportunity to give a voice to the voiceless on 26 June each year, the LGC stands in solidarity with torture victims and survivors every day of the year. Our London vigil was one of dozens held worldwide by different organisations and coordinated by the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims.

Friday, June 03, 2016

The Borders of Torture: 26 June Solidarity Vigil



The London Guantánamo Campaign invites you to join us at

The Borders of Torture 

26 June Solidarity Vigil for International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

On: Sunday 26 June 2016
At: 2-4pm
outside the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square

The world is currently in the grip of a refugee crisis. Though many European states have contributed to creating the very contexts refugees are fleeing, they continue to ignore the plight of desperate individuals and families who seek refuge in their midst. Of those seeking refuge in Europe, a large proportion are survivors of torture in their home countries [1]. In addition, the journey to safety is often tortuous and can involve different forms of torture, violence and inhumane treatment. Large numbers are now being turned away at the borders of Europe and sent back to war and persecution at home. For many who enter, conditions in immigration detention centres [2] are often tantamount to inhumane and degrading treatment. 
 
26 June each year marks UN international day in support of victims of torture. We invite you to join us in solidarity with victims of torture worldwide and to call on governments to do more to support them. This includes ending the violence of our borders, and providing refuge where necessary. It also requires ensuring refugees are given adequate access to rehabilitation facilities wherever they are to help heal some of the physical and mental scars resulting from the various forms of torture to which they have been subjected.

Why is the London Guantánamo Campaign organising this event?
Since 2010, the London Guantánamo Campaign has marked this date with a public vigil in solidarity with ALL victims and survivors of torture worldwide. A large number of the remaining prisoners at Guantánamo are in a similar situation to the refugees arriving at Europe’s borders. All are survivors of or are currently subject to torture, and many cannot return home due to war and unrest, lacking a safe third country to which they can be sent. The largest group affected by this situation are the 20+ Yemenis cleared for release but who cannot be sent home. Several of the Yemenis recently accepted by third countries had been free to leave for over 10 years but had nowhere safe to go. 

The London Guantánamo Campaign believes that all torture victims have a right to redress and rehabilitation and must be given adequate means to obtain these.

For more details: e-mail london.gtmo@gmail.com or call Aisha on 07809 757 176

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

LGC Newsletter – May 2016



NEWS:

Guantánamo Bay:
Nine prisoners have had their status reviewed by the Guantánamo Periodic Review Board (PRB) this month.


The first was Afghan prisoner Karim Bostan, 46, on 3 May. Bostan has been held at Guantánamo since 2003 and has never been charged or tried. His lawyer claims he would just like to return to his family and business in Afghanistan whereas the US military claims he might have led an Al Qaeda cell in an attack in Khost in 2003. No evidence of this has ever been produced. The US military has nonetheless found him to be highly compliant and cooperative while held at Guantánamo but he has provided no useful intelligence.
The next hearing was on 5 May for Yemeni Sanad Ali Yislam Al Kazimi, 46, who was arrested in 2003 by the UAE authorities. The US claims he was a bodyguard for Osama bin Laden and had joined an Al Qaeda cell in the UAE that smuggled explosives. He has never been charged or tried.
On 10 May Mohammed Abdul Malik Bajabu, 42, the only Kenyan national held at Guantánamo had his review hearing. He has been held there since 2007. Accused of involvement in Al Qaeda operations in East Africa, including bombings in Kenya in 2002, he was arrested by the Kenyan authorities and handed over to the US. At Guantánamo, he has been highly compliant and has served as a cook for other prisoners. He has never been charged. His lawyers said that he would like to return home to his fishing and diving business.
Yemeni prisoner Abd Al-Salam Al-Hilah, 48, had his review hearing on 12 May. A businessman, due to his influence and links to key tribal, political and intelligence figures in various Middle Eastern countries, including the former Yemeni president, Al-Hilah’s continuing detention is considered to relate more to his value as an intelligence asset than as a threat. On a business trip in Egypt in 2002, he was kidnapped and rendered to Afghanistan and arrived at Guantánamo in 2004.
On the same day, Al-Hilah saw a motion he had filed to see the evidence the US government holds against him shown to him dismissed, as well as the factual basis for its allegations against him.
Yemeni Muhammed Rajab Sadiq Abu Ghanim had his review on 17 May. Another alleged Bin Laden bodyguard, he was detained and sold to the US trying to escape to Pakistan in late 2001. He claims he was working for a charity in Afghanistan, whereas the US claims he was part of a terrorist organization. He has been held at Guantánamo since 2002 and the allegations have never been proved or resulted in charges. He has been a compliant prisoner and according to his lawyers the time he has spent in Guantánamo has exposed him to American values and culture and given him a greater appreciation of Americans.
39-year old Saudi Jabran al Qahtani had his review hearing on 19 May. He was arrested by the Pakistani authorities and sold to the US in 2002. An electrical engineer, the US claims he used his skills to support terrorist organisations when he went to Afghanistan in 2001. His lawyers claim he was young and naïve at the time. He had no prior military or combat training. He has never been charged at Guantánamo.
On 24 May, 35-year old Algerian Said bin Brahim bin Umran Bakush has his hearing. He was arrested along with Abu Zubaydah in 2002. He has not shown a great interest in being released and has asked not to be returned to Algeria, fearing arrest if he is returned there.
On 26 May, 43-year old Algerian Sufiyan Ibu Muhammad Barhumi had his review hearing. According to the US military, he was radicalized in London in the 1990s and then illegally fled to Afghanistan for weapons training so he could go and fight in Chechnya. He claims that he only wanted to fight in Chechnya and has no problem with the US. He wishes to return home to his mother in Algeria.
Yemeni Shawqi Awad Balzuhair, 34, is the eighth prisoner to have his review this month on 31 May. The US claims he is a low-level militant who has offered little information even though he has been highly compliant at Guantánamo.
Three more such review hearings are scheduled for the first half of June.
Over the past month, only one prisoner has found out the result of his status review: on 19 May, Afghan prisoner Obaidullah was cleared for release. He was kidnapped from his home in Afghanistan in 2002. He has never been charged or tried and it is not clear whether Afghanistan will make efforts to repatriate its remaining prisoners at Guantánamo.
The Obama administration has reported that up to two dozen prisoners – almost the total (28) currently cleared for release are due to be transferred in the next two months, although none has been cleared for actual release yet.

On 5 May, the first anniversary of former prisoner Omar Khadr being released on bail – his first taste of some form of freedom as an adult and since 2002 – he celebrated by having some of his bail conditions removed or relaxed. In light of Khadr’s recent engagement to be married, he had his nightly curfew removed and can change his permanent address with one week’s notice to his bail supervisor. He also no longer needs court permission to travel within Canada; he can do so with the approval of his bail supervisor. The judge also “ruled that Khadr can have unfettered contact with his mother when he travels to the Toronto area later this month to spend time with his family. However, there are still restrictions in place regarding contact with one of his sisters, who is currently being detained in Turkey over issues with her visa.
In a statement Khadr made to the court, he wrote: “I have no anger towards anyone and I have been getting on with my life. I am proud and happy to be a Canadian citizen living in Canada.” In the statement, he said he had finished his exams to become an emergency medical responder and is working towards certification; he is also close to obtaining the equivalent of a high school diploma.
In the meantime, no progress has been made in Khadr’s appeal case against his 2010 military commission conviction. Nonetheless, on 24 May, Khadr lost a case in the US to have one judge removed from his appeal case due to the fact that he is serving as a civilian judge in a military commission review court but works as a civilian lawyer at the same time. Khadr’s lawyer stated this was unconstitutional. The judge hearing this case refused to consider the dismissal but said that it raised important questions that the US government and Congress must consider about the appointment of civilian judges in military cases.
 
A military nurse who was suspended from his position after refusing to force feed hunger-striking prisoners at Guantánamo has been allowed to return to work. The case took two years to resolve and he is currently working at a navy facility in New England. There are currently a handful of prisoners still on hunger strike.

Ahead of pre-trial hearings in the case of 5 men accused of involvement in the 9/11 attacks in New York in 2001, which resumed on 30 May after a 3-month break, lawyers for key defendant Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, on 11 May, demanded that the military judge and the entire prosecution team be removed from the case as important classified evidence has been destroyed. They also asked for the proceedings to be put on permanent hold due to breaches of the constitutional rights of the defendants with respect to the death penalty case against them.
At the current 5-day hearing, which started on 30 May, 42 motions have been filed by the defence and will focus on the treatment of the prisoners in secret CIA-run prisons around the world. There is a possibility that two other prisoners, unrelated to the case, may be called to testify about conditions in these prisons, including Abu Zubaydah, who has not been seen since 2002. During the first day of the hearing, one of the defendants asked for his entire defence team to be removed.
One of the defendants, Mustafa al-Hawsawi, was allegedly tortured in Lithuania, which the Lithuanian government denies. Its investigation into the country’s running of torture facilities for the CIA has not been thorough. His lawyer in Lithuania has thus filed a petition for him to be given victim status so that his lawyers can have access to the case file. She has also requested the investigation to be expanded. Another prisoner, Abu Zubaydah, has a case pending against Lithuania at the European Court of Human Rights. He and another prisoner previously won a case against Poland at the European Court of the torture they faced at a secret CIA prison there in 2003.
Prior to the pre-trial hearing, on 12 May, lawyers for another defendant, Ammar al-Baluchi, requested that Juan Mendez, the UN’s special rapporteur on torture, be given access to Camp 7, where he and other prisoners who were subjected to years of abuse in CIA secret prisons, are held away from other prisoners and with limited access to the outside world. Mendez has consistently demanded access to the prisoners at Guantánamo Bay but has refused to take the ‘trip’ journalists get excited about whereby they are permitted to view the prisoners like zoo exhibits and without access to the prisoners and to be able to interview them.
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/12/guantanamo-camp-7-torture-ammar-al-baluchi-un

Another pre-trial hearing was briefly held on 16-17 May in the case of Abd al-Hadi Al-Iraqi. The case has now been set back until 11 July. During the hearing he told the court he wants to be known by his real name: Nashwan al-Tamir, with his lawyers claiming that the other names that have been used have been given to him erroneously. The change of name caused some confusion in the court; his lawyers seemed to suggest that the wrong name had been deliberately ascribed to accuse Al-Tamir of offences possibly carried out by someone else with those names.
During the hearing, al-Tamir also maintained his claim that he wants a civilian lawyer, which he has been denied, as he is not facing the death penalty.

The Islamabad High Court has accepted a petition to consider ordering the Pakistani government to seek access to prisoner Ghulam Ahmed under the Vienna Convention, but has set the hearing back by one month. The petition also asks for actions against former president Parvez Musharraf who sold Ahmed to the US.
http://dailytimes.com.pk/pakistan/30-May-16/ihc-accepts-plea-seeking-pakistanis-release-from-guantanamo

Extraordinary Rendition:
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lost a lawsuit calling for the full release of the 2014 Senate Intelligence Committee report into CIA torture. In December 2014, a redacted executive summary of the report was released – 500 pages of the 6000 page document.

The judgment by the European Court of Human Rights ordering the Italian government to pay compensation to rendition victim Abu Omar, who was snatched from the streets of Milan in 2003 and rendered to torture in Egypt, is now final as the authorities did not appeal the decision. In February 2016, the Court found Italy guilty of having violated Omar’s human rights when it cooperated with the rendition to torture and failed to provide him with adequate legal relief afterwards.

LGC Activities:
The May Shut Guantánamo demonstration was on Thursday 5 May. The June demonstration is on 2 May at 12-1pm outside the US Embassy and 1.15-2.15pm outside Speaker’s Corner, Hyde Park, opposite Marble Arch and is a special demonstration in solidarity with Mauritanian prisoner Mohamedou Ould Slahi where we will be reading from his best-seller written inside Guantánamo, Guantánamo Diary as this date coincides with his periodic review board hearing:  



The LGC was interviewed as part of a news feature on Russia Today about prisoners cleared for release through the periodic review board system. https://www.rt.com/usa/344141-guantanamo-prisoner-cleared-release/

The LGC will have details available very soon of its plans to mark International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on the afternoon of Sunday 26 June. Please watch this space!

The LGC (@shutguantanamo) is continuing to hold weekly #GitmObama Twitter storms to raise awareness about Guantánamo prisoners every Monday at 9pm BST. The pastebin is available http://pastebin.com/zpx5F7ab which is updated weekly with the latest information and tweets to raise awareness about Guantánamo. Please join us online if you can!