[Pnews] 16 years on, US continues detention without charge at Guantánamo

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  16 years on, US continues detention without charge at Guantánamo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Reprieve Press Office: +44 (0)20 7553 8140

Human rights organization Reprieve has called for all branches of the US 
government to uphold fundamental values enshrined in US law by ending 
the practice of detention without charge or trial at Guantánamo Bay. The 
renewed call comes ahead of the 16th anniversary of Guantánamo's opening.

On 11 January 2002, the authorities opened the detention facility, where 
at least 780 men would ultimately be held. Today, 41 men are still 
detained. Some 31 of the men have endured at least a decade of detention 
without being charged with a crime by US courts.

Reprieve’s clients have recently reported being denied 
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medical treatment, and subjected 
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to fresh abuses. These compound the recent history of US torture in 
detention, including those practices outlined in the US Senate 
Intelligence Committee's report 
<https://reprieve.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d176b31fc0ccbde9f3f3a6349&id=43fd48ff84&e=f8755a10f3> on 
CIA detention and interrogation.

The call comes ahead of an event in DC on Thursday 11th, where the 
Center for Constitutional Rights, Reprieve, and counsel for several 
other detainees will announced a court filing challenging President 
Trump’s Guantánamo policy.

Commenting, *Reprieve attorney, Shelby Sullivan-Bennis, who represents 
Guantánamo detainees, *said:

“It's shameful that 16 years after the opening of Guantánamo, we are 
still holding people without charge or trial on the basis of faulty 
‘intelligence’ extracted through torture. Guantánamo is a violation of 
America's strongest-held principles concerning the rule of law. If our 
current President really wants to make America great again, he should 
make 2018 the year that we close this legal black hole. It is the 
responsibility of the courts and Congress to hold him to account in 
doing so.”

*Notes to Editors:*

1. Reprieve is an international human rights organization. Reprieve’s 
media team can be contacted on media at reprieve.org.uk, or +44 (0) 207 553 
8140.

2.  At a press conference tomorrow (11th), the Center for Constitutional 
Rights, Reprieve, and other counsel for Guantánamo detainees will 
announce a court filing challenging Trump’s Guantánamo policy. The event 
will take place at 9:30 am (ET) at the National Press Club, Zenger Room, 
529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045. To register, email 
chayslett at ccrjustice.org with 'press conference' in the subject line.
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