Vice.com runs special Guantanamo edition

November 10, 2014

Global youth media company Vice has today launched a week-long special edition of their website Vice.com about Guantanamo Bay, featuring testimony from clients represented by human rights organisation Reprieve.

The special edition includes first-hand testimony from detainees Shaker Aamer, Emad Hassan and Younous Chekkouri, who have been cleared for release from the prison yet remain detained without charge or trial.  It also includes original essay contributions from Jeremy Paxman, Melvyn Bragg, John le Carre and Frederick Forsyth.

British resident Shaker Aamer has been detained in Guantanamo since 2002 despite having been cleared for release under both the Bush and Obama administrations. The British government has repeatedly stated that Shaker should be returned as a matter of urgency to his British wife and their four children in London. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond recently dismissed concerns over the abuse faced by Shaker in Guantanamo.

Reprieve has undertaken litigation in the US – on behalf of client long-time hunger striking client Abu Wa’el Dhiab – challenging the legality of the methods used to force-feed men in Guantanamo Bay. Video tapes of Mr Dhiab being manhandled to the force-feeding chair – dubbed ‘torture chair’ by the detainees – and force-fed, have been ordered released by a US federal judge.

Cori Crider, Strategic Director of Reprieve and attorney for the men in Guantanamo, said: “Guantanamo is a legal black hole and an affront to justice the world over. This special edition of Vice brings much-needed attention to the plight of those men who remain detained without charge or trial. The US administration is currently trying to stop video tapes of force-feedings being released to public scrutiny as part of its continuing efforts to keep transparency far away from Guantanamo. The US must release these tapes – and the prison from which they came must be closed at once.”

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Notes to editors

1. For further information, please contact Reprieve’s press office: (00 44) 207 553 8161 clemency.wells@reprieve.org.uk