informazione dal medio oriente
    information from middle east
    المعلومات من الشرق الأوسط

[ home page] | [ tutte le notizie/all news ] | [ download banner] | [ ultimo aggiornamento/last update 28/08/2019 00:45 ] 107297

english italiano

  [ Subscribe our newsletter!   -   Iscriviti alla nostra newsletter! ]  


Uruknet on Alexa

End Gaza Siege
End Gaza Siege


:: Segnala Uruknet agli amici. Clicka qui.
:: Invite your friends to Uruknet. Click here.

:: Segnalaci un articolo
:: Tell us of an article

Guantanamo Prisoners Cleared for Release Continue to Be Punished for Being Yemeni

Kevin Gosztola

May 24, 2014

President Barack Obama stated in a speech in May of last year that he was lifting a "moratorium on detainee transfers" from Guantanamo Bay to Yemen so his administration could review each prisoner on a "case-by-case basis."

"To the greatest extent possible, we will transfer detainees who have been cleared to go to other countries," Obama said. However, just over a year later, not a single Yemeni prisoner has been freed. The number of Yemenis in detention at Guantanamo Bay, who are cleared for release, is still 57.

These men have been cleared for release by President Obama’s own inter-agency review task force yet they cannot be transferred out because the administration still is treating them as a "country bloc." In other words, they are being subjected to further punishment because of their nationality and events that are unfolding in Yemen, which are entirely beyond their control.

CCR represents all four of these Yemenis who remain in detention at Guantanamo

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) represents three prisoners who have been cleared for release: Fahd Ghazy, Tariq Ba Odah and Mohammed al-Hamiri. CCR also represents Ghaleb al-Bihani, who is a "forever prisoner" and has not been cleared for release. He recently had a periodic review board (PRB) status hearing on April 8 and is waiting for a decision.

CCR staff attorney Pardiss Kebriaei told Firedoglake that the problem at the moment is the Obama administration still isn’t treating these men as individuals. His self-imposed ban on transferring detainees to Yemen no longer exists. A congressional restriction in place has been removed. The administration "has the authority that it needs legally to be able to transfer people."

Yet, one fundamental issue is how this premise that "the people at Guantanamo were all involved in some way" with al Qaeda or terrorism against the United States still persists. Kebriaei said that is not true in the sense that they never participated in fighting or have been a "part of an armed conflict." There should be no "fear of return to the battlefield" for these men.

In recent years, according to the Director of National Intelligence’s (DNI) recent review, the rate of alleged "recidivism" has dropped dramatically. That is likely due to the fact that DNI has changed the criteria for what constitutes recidivism. But the DNI still maintains that "transfers to countries with ongoing conflicts and internal instability as well as active recruitment and terrorist organizations pose a particular problem."

There is reason to be skeptical of these figures. Much of the information is based on classified government reports, which the public does not get to read.

"We don’t have all the details to be able to actually check who the government is talking about, what those acts of recidivism are. We have no way of being able to meaningfully evaluate those conclusions," Kebriaei asserted.

According to Kebriaei, the DC Circuit Court has played a role in making it more difficult for prisoners to leave Guantanamo. They have "legally sanctioned" the men’s continued detention on the "basis of distortion of law." There are also some cases, which have been stayed and not resolved legally, because the "current rules are so bad."

CCR’s Yemeni clients have spent a third of their life in detention without being charged with any crime.

Ghazy turned 30 years-old on May 2. He has been imprisoned at Guantanamo for twelve years. He was a juvenile when he was brought to the prison after being captured in Pakistan. He was cleared for release by President George W. Bush in 2007 and then cleared for release a second time in 2009. He participated in the massive hunger strike at the prison last year because Obama’s failure to free him has left him feeling nothing but painful anguish.

Odah is force-fed every day, as he has been on hunger strike since 2007.

According to CCR, "Guantánamo prison authorities have isolated Mr. Ba Odah from the other prisoners because they deem his 6-yr-long peaceful hunger strike as 'non-compliance.’ They have been holding him in solitary-confinement like conditions in Camp 5. Mr. Ba Odah is only permitted to be outside of his cell for 2-4 hours per day. Unfortunately, he is often too weak to take advantage of the recreation time that is allotted to him so he instead practices walking in his small cell. He has virtually no human contact."

Odah said he weighed 90 pounds in April 2013. No independent medical professional has been able to assess the impact of this long-term hunger strike on his body.

Like many of the prisoners cleared for release, he remains resolute in his commitment to eventually be free again.

"A captive does not possess any realistic means to send his messages to the world other than to strike. . . Freedom should be much more precious for the human being than all the desires on earth. And we should never give it up regardless of how expensive the price may be," Odah declared in April of last year.

CCR produced this video to call attention to the Yemeni prisoners cleared for release: 


:: Article nr. 107297 sent on 30-may-2014 18:06 ECT


:: The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website.

The section for the comments of our readers has been closed, because of many out-of-topics.
Now you can post your own comments into our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/uruknet

Warning: include(./share/share2.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/content/25/8427425/html/vhosts/uruknet/colonna-centrale-pagina-ansi.php on line 385

Warning: include(): Failed opening './share/share2.php' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php5_6/lib/php') in /home/content/25/8427425/html/vhosts/uruknet/colonna-centrale-pagina-ansi.php on line 385

[ Printable version ] | [ Send it to a friend ]

[ Contatto/Contact ] | [ Home Page ] | [Tutte le notizie/All news ]

Uruknet on Twitter

:: RSS updated to 2.0

:: English
:: Italiano

:: Uruknet for your mobile phone:

Uruknet on Facebook

:: Motore di ricerca / Search Engine

the web

:: Immagini / Pictures


The newsletter archive

L'Impero si è fermato a Bahgdad, by Valeria Poletti

Modulo per ordini


:: Newsletter

:: Comments

Haq Agency
Haq Agency - English

Haq Agency - Arabic

AMSI - Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq - English

AMSI - Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq - Arabic

Font size
1 2 3

:: All events


[ home page] | [ tutte le notizie/all news ] | [ download banner] | [ ultimo aggiornamento/last update 28/08/2019 00:45 ]

Uruknet receives daily many hacking attempts. To prevent this, we have 10 websites on 6 servers in different places. So, if the website is slow or it does not answer, you can recall one of the other web sites: www.uruknet.info www.uruknet.de www.uruknet.biz www.uruknet.org.uk www.uruknet.com www.uruknet.org - www.uruknet.it www.uruknet.eu www.uruknet.net www.uruknet.web.at.it

:: This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more info go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
::  We always mention the author and link the original site and page of every article.
uruknet, uruklink, iraq, uruqlink, iraq, irak, irakeno, iraqui, uruk, uruqlink, saddam hussein, baghdad, mesopotamia, babilonia, uday, qusay, udai, qusai,hussein, feddayn, fedayn saddam, mujaheddin, mojahidin, tarek aziz, chalabi, iraqui, baath, ba'ht, Aljazira, aljazeera, Iraq, Saddam Hussein, Palestina, Sharon, Israele, Nasser, ahram, hayat, sharq awsat, iraqwar,irakwar All pictures


I nostri partner - Our Partners:

TEV S.r.l.

TEV S.r.l.: hosting


Progetto Niz

niz: news management



digitbrand: ".it" domains


Worlwide Mirror Web-Sites:
www.uruknet.info (Main)
www.uruknet.us (USA)
www.uruknet.su (Soviet Union)
www.uruknet.ru (Russia)
www.uruknet.it (Association)
www.uruknet.mobi (For Mobile Phones)
www.uruknet.org.uk (UK)
www.uruknet.de (Germany)
www.uruknet.ir (Iran)
www.uruknet.eu (Europe)
wap.uruknet.info (For Mobile Phones)
rss.uruknet.info (For Rss Feeds)

Vat Number: IT-97475012153