Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Life at Guantanamo Bay Prison

60 Minutes program had a rare access to enter the infamous Guantanamo Bay and report what it's like to be imprisoned there. More than half of the 164 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are from Yemen and more than half of the overall detainees there are approved to be out of Gitmo twice; under the Bush's administration and Obama's, but they are still imprisoned without any charge or a trial, till today. Even if one, just one, detainee at Guantanamo is kept there without any charge or a trail, the US admin would be violating his Human rights. Who gave the US admin the right to detain individuals without any charge or a trail, just like that!

The program shed the light on the Saudi-British detainee, Shaker Aamer who has been detained for 11 years, even though he was cleared to be out twice!! Imagine being imprisoned for 11 years without any charge or a trial! it's like hell!! That's life at Gitmo. It despairing to hear Aamer shouting with, "Please! we're tired. It's whether you leave us to die in peace or tell the world the truth." Later, he continued, "Treat us like a human being, not like slaves... You can't even walk one meter without being chained. Is that how you treat human beings? That's the treatment of an animal!"

It's striking the horrific abuse of those detainees' human rights. One of the Yemeni detainees, Samir Moqbelwrote in a letter  earlier this year from his cell, "I’ve been detained at Guantanamo for 11 years and three months. I have never been charged with any crime. I have never received a trial. I could have been home years ago — no one seriously thinks I am a threat — but still I am here."  "The only reason I am still here is that President Obama refuses to send any detainees back to Yemen. This makes no sense. I am a human being, not a passport, and I deserve to be treated like one. I do not want to die here, but until President Obama and Yemen’s president do something, that is what I risk every day," Moqbel continued.

In the following interview done by Sama'a Al-hamadani, David Remes, Lawyer of 13 Guantanamo bay detainees talks about his experience working on the detainees' cases and, most importantly, he tells the story of the the late Yemeni detainee, Adnan Latif. 

Yemeni detainees' future is clear as mud. However, there have been talks earlier this month between the Obama administration and Yemeni officials to set up a detention facility in Socotra island in Yemen to hold dozens of "terrorism suspects" from Guantanamo Bay and Afghanistan.