[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*.
'Guantanamo Bay Braced For New Prisoners': US Admiral
*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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