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        <h1 id="reader-title">UN Calls for Release of 'Tortured'
          Pakistani From Guantanamo<br>
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            <h3 class="op-kicker">The CIA has long been accused of using
              torture tactics against prisoners.</h3>
            <p>February 28, 2018<br>
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              <p>A <strong>UN</strong> working group has called for the
                release of a <strong>Pakistani</strong> man imprisoned
                in <strong><a
href="http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Guantanamo-Bay-Braced-For-New-Prisoners-US-Admiral--20180216-0026.html">Guantanamo
                    Bay</a> </strong>since 2006, saying his<strong>
                  detention</strong> violates international <strong>human
                  rights</strong>.</p>
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                <p><b>RELATED: </b></p>
                <p><a
href="http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Guantanamo-Bay-Braced-For-New-Prisoners-US-Admiral--20180216-0026.html">'Guantanamo
                    Bay Braced For New Prisoners': US Admiral</a></p>
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              <p><strong>Ammar Al-Baluch</strong>i, a Kuwaiti-born
                Pakistani citizen also known as Abdul Aziz Ali, was
                accused of paying money to the <strong>9/11</strong>
                hijackers, conspiring alongside his uncle, Khalid Sheikh
                Mohammed.</p>
              <p><strong>The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention</strong>
                said Wednesday that holding Al-Baluchi in the detention
                camp is “arbitrary, breaches international human rights
                law and has no legal basis.”</p>
              <p>The group, a part of the <strong>UN Human Rights
                  Council</strong>, 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 <strong>torture</strong>
                he had previously suffered.”</p>
              <p>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."</p>
              <p>The<strong> CIA</strong> has long been accused of using
                torture tactics against <strong>prisoners</strong>
                since the detention camp was first opened by <strong>U.S.
                  President George W. Bush</strong> as part of the
                so-called ‘<strong>War on Terror.</strong>’ Almost 800
                people have been brought to the camp since, the majority
                of them having been charged with no crime.</p>
              <p>Despite reassurances to shut down Guantanamo Bay by
                former U.S. President <strong>Barack Obama</strong>,
                the camp remains open. Current U.S. President <strong>Donald
                  Trump</strong> has, in turn, confirmed he will
                continue running it, with <a
href="http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Guantanamo-Bay-Braced-For-New-Prisoners-US-Admiral--20180216-0026.html">new
                  prisoners expected to fill</a> the camps soon.</p>
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