166 detainees, of whom 106 are on hunger strike and 45 of these are on the “enteral feed list”. Guantanamo prisoners keep holding on and enter the 150th day of hunger strike today. Some of them are victims of invasive body searches, as Younous Chekkouri witnessed: “The searches, as they like to call them, are spreading fear and shame. Eight guards with the watch commander surround me in one room, while two of them put their hands all over me. The sexual assault hasn’t just happened to me. Why are they doing this? That’s what I’d like to know”. (RT)
Human rights lawyers have been struggling to protect the detainees from assaults, force feeding and general inhuman treatments. The United Nations Human Rights office deeply condemned force feeding measure, saying that it amounts to “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment” and therefore is in breach of the UN Convention on Human Rights to which the US is a signatory. (RT)
Obama repeatedly claimed that Guantanamo’ s closure is in his agenda and objectives, however, the jail is still there, despite also several protests and massive petitions; among them the petition of Morris Davis, the former Chief Prosecutor for terrorism trials at Guantanamo Bay, which became famous nation-wide and internationally as well. About a month ago I posted it on the blog, but for those who did not get the chance to see it and/or sign it, here it is.
. “It is expensive, it is inefficient. It hurts us in terms of our international standing. It lessens cooperation with our allies on counter-terrorism efforts. It is a recruitment tool for extremists. It needs to be closed,” said the US president in May 2013.
Out of 166 detainees, 86 have been cleared for release, 47 others are considered too dangerous for release but are not facing prosecution, 24 more are considered eligible for prosecution and just 9 have been charged with a crime or convicted.
This battle against “terrorism” turned into an expensive burden for the country, an unnecessary torture for most of the prisoners and an extremely inefficient prison system.