[Pnews] UN Calls for Release of 'Tortured' Pakistani From Guantanamo

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  UN Calls for Release of 'Tortured' Pakistani From Guantanamo

      The CIA has long been accused of using torture tactics against

February 28, 2018


A *UN* working group has called for the release of a *Pakistani* man 
imprisoned in *Guantanamo Bay 
*since 2006, saying his*detention* violates international *human rights*.

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*Ammar Al-Baluch*i, a Kuwaiti-born Pakistani citizen also known as Abdul 
Aziz Ali, was accused of paying money to the *9/11* hijackers, 
conspiring alongside his uncle, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

*The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention* said Wednesday that 
holding Al-Baluchi in the detention camp is “arbitrary, breaches 
international human rights law and has no legal basis.”

The group, a part of the *UN Human Rights Council*, are calling for 
Al-Baluchi to be compensated, adding that “Mr. al Baluchi has been 
subject to prolonged detention on discriminatory grounds” and that once 
released, he should be offered “physical and psychological 
rehabilitation for the *torture* he had previously suffered.”

In December 2017, UN special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer had 
condemned Al-Baluchi’s detention as well, having said, “Mr. al-Baluchi 
has been held in isolation at a severely restricted-access facility at 
Guantanamo Bay for more than a decade … noise and vibrations are 
reportedly still being used against him, resulting in constant sleep 
deprivation and related physical and mental disorders, for which he 
allegedly does not receive adequate medical attention."

The*CIA* has long been accused of using torture tactics against 
*prisoners* since the detention camp was first opened by *U.S. President 
George W. Bush* as part of the so-called ‘*War on Terror.*’ Almost 800 
people have been brought to the camp since, the majority of them having 
been charged with no crime.

Despite reassurances to shut down Guantanamo Bay by former U.S. 
President *Barack Obama*, the camp remains open. Current U.S. President 
*Donald Trump* has, in turn, confirmed he will continue running it, with 
new prisoners expected to fill 
the camps soon.

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