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2018: The end of Guantánamo

Charge or Release

Today, on the 16th anniversary of Guantanamo’s opening, we are launching a global movement with one aim – closing Guantanamo for good.

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 16 years on it remains open with 41 men still being detained.

To begin our global movement, we bring you 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?

  • 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.

  • Khalid

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

  • 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.

  • Towfiq

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

Stories

From inside Guantanamo