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Guantanamo, a never ending story

Amnesty International is organising a conference condemning the situation of prisoners in the high security concentration camp. In some cases, incarcerated with proof. In other cases, without.

Although the humanitarian reality of Guantanamo prison is common knowledge and condemned by the international community, the penitentiary remains open to this day in the US naval base in Cuba. The current US president, Barack Obama, promised the closing of the prison in his election campaigns. However, more than three years later, not only has he not fulfilled his promise but last March he put a stop to the steps that he himself had initiated in order to close the prison.

At the beginning of 2012, Obama passed a decree renewing the military assignments that take place there, meaning that the penitentiary will continue its activities. A decision which shows that the prison will not be closed down in the near future.

Many of the prisoners incarcerated in Guantanamo were captured during the “War against terror” started by George Bush, to fight against terrorism after the 9/11 attacks.

Since the opening of the American high security concentration camp in 2002, it has been shown that prisoners have experienced ill-treatment and torture through interrogations, in conditions of extreme pressure.

Together with those prisoners who were detained with charges, there are also inmates who remain in the Cuban prison without solid accusations against them.

This is the case for Briton Shaker Aamer, for example, who was imprisoned ten years ago in Afghanistan, without solid evidence, for financing and recruiting members for Al-Qaeda activities, accusations which were made against him by the US government.

To go a little deeper into the situation in the prison, Amnesty International are organising a conference “Guantanamo outside the law!” in which there will be a showing of the film “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantanamo.”

Ex-prisoner Omar Deghayes, the politicians Norman Baker and Caroline Lucas and the director of the film Andy Worthington will take part in a debate which will be held at the event.

The event will take place next 21st October in the All Saints Community Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes.

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(Translated by Emma Harris – Email:

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