Guantánamo Bay

We led the fight for access to the men held at Guantánamo, and were one of the very first organisations allowed inside. Since then, we have secured freedom for more than 80 men illegally detained without charge or trial – more than any other organisation.

After 9/11, the US government systematically designed and implemented a programme of abducting and torturing terrorism suspects, before imprisoning them without due process in Guantánamo Bay. Reprieve’s Clive Stafford Smith was one of the three lawyers who demanded and successfully sued for access to the prison.

Since 2002, 779, including at least 15 children, have been imprisoned at Guantánamo. The vast majority of them were sold to the US for large bounties – typically, around $5,000 for each man. So far just 4 detainees have been convicted of a crime – fewer than the number who have died in detention. No one has ever been held accountable for the illegal detention and abuse at the prison camp and it remains open to this day.

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