The End of Guantánamo

Image of Guantanamo closing down

We have a simple call for President Trump: Guantanamo detainees must be charged or released – and this illegal prison should be closed for good.

Guantánamo has become an enduring symbol of injustice in our time. It stands for torture, abuse and indefinite detention without charge or trial. A total of 779 prisoners have been held there – and 17 years on it remains open with 40 men still being detained.

Here is a collection of stories from Guantanamo by those who have actually been there – the detainees, both former and current, and the Reprieve lawyers who are fighting for them.

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About Guantanamo

Who are the Guantanamo detainees?

  • Image of Saifullah Paracha

    Saifullah

    The oldest detainee in Guantanamo at 70. Has had 2 heart attacks while detained. No charge or trial.

  • Ahmed

    Pakistani taxi driver endured 545 days of torture in CIA custody before Guantánamo. No charge or trial.

  • Image of Khalid Qassim

    Khalid

    Painter and writer of Guantanamo since 2002. Tortured. Sold for bounty. No charge or trial.

  • Image of Haroon Gul

    Haroon

    An Afghan refugee, father, poet and aspiring beekeeper. Victim of mistaken identity. Held without charge or trial since 2007.

  • Abdul Latif

    Famous for drafting a 2,000 Arabic-to-English dictionary. Clear for release. Missed out on freedom due to bureaucratic delay. No charge or trial.

  • Image of Towfiq Bihari

    Towfiq

    Poet, prepared for release 3 times. Tortured. Cleared for release. No charge or trial.

Stories

From inside Guantanamo