UK Guantánamo Newswire Archive
18-12-2007 14:13An appeal for readers to write to the Foreign Secretary David Miliband to demand the return to the UK from Guantánamo of British resident Binyam Mohamed, who, as his lawyer explains, "may be close to suicide."
11-12-2007 12:29Andy Worthington, author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison, explains why news that four British residents are to be released from Guantánamo provides grounds for cautious celebration, but also points out that two British residents will not be coming home.
19-11-2007 21:45James Yee, a US Army Captain and the Muslim chaplain for the Guantanamo detainees in 2002-03, was, astonishingly, imprisoned as a spy and held for 76 days before being released without charge. After leaving the army, he wrote a book about his experiences, and is visiting the UK for a speaking tour.
02-11-2007 14:03Andy Worthington praises the law lords for insisting on the rights of Britain's "ghost prisoners" to a fair hearing, but laments their refusal to condemn the control order system.
20-10-2007 09:27A parliamentary committee is to investigate claims that the British colony - shamefully cleared of its native population to make way for a US base - has been used to hold "ghost prisoners" in the "War on Terror."
13-09-2007 15:55The Guantánamo Transcripts: “Ghost” Prisoners Speak After Five And A Half Years, And “9/11 hijacker” Recants His Tortured Confession
In another resounding demonstration of the importance of legally constituted checks and balances on executive power in the United States, the Associated Press, after filing a request to the Pentagon under the Freedom of Information Act, has secured 58 transcripts from the latest round of annual Administrative Review Boards at Guantánamo, convened to assess whether the detainees still pose a threat to the US, or if they are still presumed to have ongoing “intelligence value.”
05-09-2007 21:50A letter from the British government explains, but does not justify the government’s refusal to prevent the return of Guantánamo detainee and British resident Ahmed Belbacha to Algeria, where he faces the risk of torture.
31-08-2007 09:50Cleared after three years' detention in the UK and Spain and abandoned on the streets of Madrid, the case of Hedi Boudhiba, a Tunisian refugee, raises doubts about the quality of pan-European intelligence and human rights protection in the "War on Terror."
11-07-2007 10:42A report on a recent conference for Shaker Aamer, a Biritish resident imprisoned in Guantanamo. Includes details of his story, including previously unpublished information about his current hunger strike, a poem by one of his daughters, and a speech made on his behalf by one of Moazzam Begg's daughters.
For background information please see the National Guantanamo Coalition, http://www.guantanamo.org.uk/ Cageprisoners, http://www.cageprisoners.com/ and Justice for Omar Deghayes, http://www.save-omar.org.uk/
The University of Nottingham's Amnesty International Society's held a protest against the continuing human rights abuses at Guantanamo Bay.
Here is some audio that was taken during the demo.