3000 Days in Guantánamo


No More Secrets-Respect Article 53000 Days in Guantánamo: Shaker Aamer Protest at 10 
Downing Street, Saturday April 24, 2010 - Please join Victoria Brittain, Yvonne Ridley, Martin Linton MP, myself, members of the Save Shaker Aamer Camaign and others in asking Gordon Brown to get Shaker back to his wife and family before the election:
At 12 noon on Saturday April 24, 2010, the Save Shaker Aamer Campaign is holding a protest opposite 10 Downing Street to mark a sad occasion — 3000 days since British resident Shaker Aamer, who was cleared for release from Guantánamo in 2007, first arrived at the prison.

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Andy Worthington Discusses “Guantánamo Habeas Week” with Peter B. Collins:
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Urgent appeal for the UK to offer refuge to Ahmed

Urgent appeal for the UK to offer refuge to Ahmed 
Belbacha, an Algerian in Guantánamo - Please send a letter to David Miliband asking him to bring Ahmed to the UK, where he lived for nearly three years before he was kidnapped in Pakistan and sent to Guantanamo. He was cleared for release in 2007, but justifiably fears ...

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The case of Ahmed Belbacha, an Algerian who sought asylum in the UK, and lived here for nearly three years, has long been a source of concern for human rights activists. Although he was cleared for release from Guantánamo in 2007, he is terrified of returning to Algeria, and with good reason. ...

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Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo



“Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo”: London 
International Documentary Festival screening on Monday April 26 - Date and time just confirmed. Hope to see some of you there! Post-screening Q&A moderated by Victoria Brittain, guests inc. Omar Deghayes, myself, Polly Nash and others tbc.


I’m delighted to report that a date has now been finalized for the screening of the new documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (co-directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington) as part of the London International Documentary Festival.

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More Dark Truths From Guantanamo: Andy Worthington


More Dark Truths From Guantanamo as Five Innocent Men Are Freed

by: Andy Worthington, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed


After eight years imprisonment without charge or trial, five former Guantánamo prisoners are beginning new lives this week - two in Switzerland and three in Georgia. Their stories reveal, yet again, how Republican lawmakers and media pundits in the US, who have, in recent months, renewed their fear-filled attacks on those still held, are guilty of hyperbolic and unprincipled outbursts and, in addition, how these critics' attacks are damaging to the prospects of cleared men, seized by mistake, finding new homes in countries that, unlike the US, are prepared to offer them a chance to rebuild their shattered lives on a humanitarian basis...

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"War on Terror": torture and Lies

Seven Years of War in Iraq: Still Based on Cheney’s Torture and Lies - Saturday's protests, the vile distraction of the Tea Party racists, but most of all a call to remember that Dick Cheney tortured prisoners in the "War on Terror" not to protect America from further attacks, but to seek "evidence" to justify the illegal invasion:

Friday marked the seventh anniversary of the illegal invasion of Iraq, but by now, it seems, the American people have become used to living in a state of perpetual war, even though that war was based on torture and lies. ...


Human Rights: 'Control Orders'

AndyWorthingtonControl Orders: Solicitors’ Evidence before the Joint Committee on Human Rights, February 3, 2010

by Andy Worthington

On February 3, 2010, the Joint Committee on Human Rights, comprising members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, met to hear oral evidence on “Counter-Terrorism Policy and Human Rights: Control Orders” from two solicitors representing control order detainees, and three Special Advocates representing the detainees during discussions of secret evidence in court. The hearing took place two days after Lord Carlile, the government’s independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, issued his fifth report on the use of control orders (PDF), concluding that “The control order system remains necessary, but only for a small number of cases where robust information is available to the effect that the suspect individual presents a considerable risk to national security, and conventional prosecution is not realistic.”

In this first of two articles reproducing the oral evidence, which was originally made available here, Gareth Peirce and Sean Mcloughlin described life under control orders, responded to questions about whether they had “confidence in Lord Carlile as an independent adjudicator,” and explained how little has changed in the system since the Law Lords ruled last June, in the case of AF and others, that imposing control orders breaches Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which guarantees the right to a fair trial, because a suspect held under a control order is not given “sufficient information about the allegations against him to enable him to give effective instructions to the special advocate assigned to him.”

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Andy Worthington - Jeff Farias: Bagram and Guantánamo



Andy Worthington Andy Worthington Discusses Bagram and Guantánamo with Jeff Farias - Jeff and I discussed my recent work on Bagram, in light of the recently released prisoner list, and also talked about the Military Commissions (the appeal in the cases of Salim Hamdan and Ali Hamza al-Bahlul), and the sad case of Omar Khadr, still aban...See More

Last week, I was delighted to be invited by Jeff Farias to take part in his radio show, just a week after my previous visit. The show is available here (it starts just over two hours in), and Jeff wanted ...


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Lawyers Appeal Guantánamo Trial Convictions - Report on last week's
little-noticed appeals inthe cases of Salim Hamdan and Ali Hamza
al-Bahlul, the only two men convicted in the Military Commissions. I
ask if they were convicted on the basis of non-existent war crimes, and
wonder how al-Bahlul will ever leave Guantanamo (w...See More

Last Tuesday, a little known court — the Court of Military Commissions Review — convened to hear appeals in the cases of the only two men sentenced in the Military Commission trial system established ...