Special Feature (Issue No3)


Guantanamo: ‘Shame on the West
23rd September 2008

Revealed: How Guantanamo pushes inmates to the edge
Disturbing video shows teenager weeping during interrogation
By Leonard Doyle in Washington
originally published: 16th July 2008

An unprecedented glimpse into the harsh conditions at Guantanamo Bay has emerged via a grainy video of a weeping Canadian teenager undergoing interrogation after he had been tortured by sleep deprivation for three weeks. The longest portion of video, an eight-minute segment, shows a sobbing Omar Khadr, just past his 16th birthday, burying his head in his hands and moaning “help me, help me” as Canadian intelligence agents look on.

Over the course of a three-day interrogation Mr Khadr denied any association with al-Qa’ida and showed the agents wounds that he suffered on the battlefield from which he almost died.

The footage, taken by a camera hidden behind a ventilation shaft, and obtained under court order by Mr Khadr’s Canadian lawyers, is the first video of a Guantanamo interrogation to become public. The interrogation took place in February 2003, six months after Mr Khadr’s capture by US forces on an Afghan battlefield. The US says he killed a soldier with a grenade and injured another at an al-Qa’ida compound but efforts to persuade military courts that he is an “enemy combatant” were thrown out last year.

Mr Khadr’s mistreatment began after his arrival at Guantanamo when he was denied sleep and forced to move cell every few hours over a period of three weeks – a process the US military refers to as its “frequent flyer programme” – to soften him up for interrogation by Canadian intelligence agents.

But, before the rage and tears, came trust. The teenager thought his fellow Canadians had come to help him and he answered their questions freely.

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Torture Can Never Be Justified

A reality of life and torture exposed

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Don’t let arguments for torture go unchallenged. Watch this video where former US President Carter, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and others raise their voices against torture and other ill-treatment.

Amnesty International Appeal:
‘Tear it Down’

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Shame on Guantanamo
13th January 2005
THE United States is releasing five detainees from Guantanamo Bay, four Britons (including the former Ugandan Feroz Abbasi) and one Australian. None has gone on trial and in particular the evidence against the Australian is non-existent. They have been detained for three years, tortured and denied their basic human rights.

Detainee Deaths in U.S. Custody in Iraq and Afghanistan
(no date available)
Since August 2002, nearly 100 detainees have died while in the hands of U.S. officials in the global “war on terror.” According to the U.S. military’s own classifications, 34 of these cases are suspected or confirmed homicides; Human Rights First has identified another 11 in which the facts suggest death as a result of physical abuse or harsh conditions of detention. In close to half the deaths Human Rights First surveyed, the cause of death remains officially undetermined or unannounced.

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