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Häftlinge in Guantanomo beginnen Hungerstreik: „Kein Zweifel am Einsatz von Folter“ – Aktionstage in vielen Städten für die Schließung! Inhaftierte beeindruckt von der Solidarität des „anderen Amerika“

Januar 11, 2012
  • Guantánamo Detainees Launch Hunger Strike to Protest Prison’s 10th Anniversary

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    Detainees at the U.S. military base at Guantánamo Bay launched a hunger strike today marking the prison’s 10th anniversary, inspired in part by U.S. activists who have called for a national day of action. „They will be staging a series of peaceful protests that will involve sit-ins with signs and banners in the part of the prison that has communal areas, as well as hunger strikes,“ says Ramzi Kassem, counsel to a number of Guantánamo prisoners. He notes his clients pay „particularly close attention to any gestures of protest in the United States… And they’re always very moved by the fact that Americans stand in solidarity with what they’re going through and what their families are experiencing.“ On Wednesday, a major demonstration is planned in Washington, D.C., where organizers say they will form a human chain stretching from the White House to the Capitol, with participants wearing orange jumpsuits to represent the prisoners at Guantánamo and at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan who are still held without charge or trial. [includes rush transcript]

  • Guantánamo Exclusive: Former Chief Prosecutor, Ex-Prisoner Call on Obama to Close Prison

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    On the 10th anniversary of when the United States began detaining terror suspects at its Guantánamo Bay military base in Cuba, we speak with a former prisoner and the ex-chief U.S. prosecutor, who both call for the Obama administration to close the base. „People are locked up in isolation camps… People lost their hands, lost their eyes, lost their limbs,“ says Omar Deghayes, who was arrested in Pakistan as a terror suspect and held in U.S. custody from May 2002 until December 2007, most of that time at Guantánamo. „Some people were subjected to sleep deprivation. They weren’t allowed to sleep… And they had to live under those conditions for six years … without being convicted of any crime, which is the most unacceptable thing.“ Asked if prisoners were tortured at Guantánamo, Air Force Colonel Morris Davis, the former chief prosecutor at the military prison, answers, „I don’t think there’s any doubt.“ Davis resigned his position in 2007 in protest of what he called political interference in the military commissions of Guantánamo prisoners. „In many of the cases, we had evidence independent of that [torture] that was sufficient to establish guilt. But to use torture to gain intelligence and then also to turn around and use that as evidence in an American court is just not consistent with American principles,“ Davis says. [includes rush transcript]

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