UK Guantánamo Newswire Archive
11-01-2010 08:37A round up of news and events happening today in the UK to mark the eighth anniversary of Guantánamo Bay...why is it still open?!
07-01-2010 13:56Demonstration to mark the 8th anniversary of Guantánamo Bay and call for liberty and justice for prisoners held there
09-12-2009 19:2210 December is Human Rights Day and also marks 25 years of the adoption of the Convention Against Torture (it became law in 1987). Yet torture is still practiced all over the world and supported and/or ignored by other regimes. Join us as we discuss this tragedy of our times
06-12-2009 19:04President Obama has conceded that Guantánamo Bay will NOT close by 22 January 2010, breaking yet another promise and leaving over 200 prisoners in perpetual limbo. Prison conditions have not improved and in the past eight years, there has been only one conviction on a lesser charge. Join as we call for the closure of Guantánamo Bay now...no to arbitrary detention, no to torture, freedom and justice for all...take a long lunch break and come and join us.
03-12-2009 08:50On 10 December 1984, 25 years ago, the General Assembly of the UN adopted the text of the Convention Against Torture, banning the use of torture (in writing, it was already illegal) and practices related to it, such as assisting in torture and returning people to countries where they face torture. It became law in 1987, however the use of torture and the involvement of most countries and governments in it, including ours, continues to grow...
09-08-2009 08:52A second parliamentary report in a week criticises the government over its involvement in torture and rendition, at the end of last month, a legal charity brought a court case against the government over its involvement in rendering foreign nationals through British territory, on Friday the High Court revealed further MI5 involvement in torture in Morocco and today Miliband and Johnson write in the Telegraph in support of it...
06-08-2009 21:37Monthly demo outside the US Embassy in Mayfair calling for the closure of all illegal jails under the "war on terror" and freedom and justice for the prisoners, most of whom have faced no charges and no trial in nearly 8 years. Going strong since early 2007, if they close Guantánamo Bay, we'll go away...
"We don't give them a bail out on top of
a bail out, they'll run Americans into the
ground - is the for sure crime of extortion"
14-07-2009 15:14CIA's secret program: Paramilitary teams targeting Al Qaeda .... The agency had a plan after Sept. 11 for paramilitary forces to take out Al Qaeda figures overseas. Congress was never told. Reporting from Washington -- The secret CIA program halted last month by Director Leon E. Panetta involved establishing elite paramilitary teams that could be inserted into Pakistan or other locations to capture or kill top leaders of the Al Qaeda terrorist network, according to former U.S. intelligence officials. The program -- launched in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks -- was never operational. But officials said that as recently as a year ago CIA executives discussed plans to deploy teams to test basic capabilities, including whether they could enter hostile territory and maneuver undetected, as well as gather intelligence and track high-value targets.
12-07-2009 19:25The LGC and Cageprisoners held a public meeting in support of Shaker Aamer, the last London resident in Guantánamo Bay. Attended by 100 people, it is essential that action is taken now to bring Shaker and Ahmed Belbacha, from Bournemouth, back to the UK immediately!
01-07-2009 10:53With less than six months now to make good on his promise to close Guantánamo Bay, the fate of the remaining 220+ prisoners at Guantánamo is as uncertain as ever. President Obama must close Guantánamo Bay and ensure that prisoners are released to safety after their very long and illegal ordeals. No more indefinite detention without trial or charge...freedom and justice for all!
01-07-2009 10:44President Obama has pledged to close Guantánamo Bay but the future of the prisoners held there are as uncertain as ever. After seven years, without trial or charge, Shaker Aamer must be returned to his family…