Cageprisoners Calls for the Immediate Release of Guantanamo Deceased
Three detainees held in illegal and inhumane conditions at Guantanamo Bay, have died under mysterious circumstances. The U.S government has been quick to label their deaths as suicide.
Their deaths are symbolic of the extreme conditions under which the
detainees have now been held for nearly five years without charge or trial. Harrowing evidence has revealed time after time that detainees are subjected to both physical and psychological torture at Guantanamo.
The Bush regime is entirely culpable for their deaths; they have constructively killed them by creating an atmosphere which for all intents and purposes had already taken their lives. Their blood is on the hands of the Bush regime and their deaths will fuel the anger of the global Muslim community.
We note with repugnance the comments of the camp Commander Harris, labelling the deceased as terrorists - an allegation unproved in any recognised court of law (kangaroo or otherwise) - and attempting to sidestep his responsibility by calling their deaths an act of 'asymmetric warfare.'
Cageprisoners immediately calls:
1. On the US to release the names of the deceased, and not to cruelly and unnecessarily prolong the agony for hundreds of families, speculating that it concerns their family members.
2. For an independent inquiry into the cause of death by a competent third party, due to the necessity for transparency and the failure of military justice to provide adequate answers in the past. This must be done with full disclosure of the complete medical and psychological records held by the US.
3. That the bodies should be released at the earliest opportunity to their home countries of Yemen and Saudi Arabia. It is imperative that the religious beliefs of the deceased be honoured and for there to be all expediency in the burial in accordance with Islamic beliefs under the supervision of their families.
Mankind must realise that Guantanamo is more than an anomaly: it is a cancerous growth on our common humanity. Blame for these deaths lies with the US administration, yet we all partake in this blame, as we watched whilst these men languished. Their deaths are a clarion call, that Guantanamo must be closed before more deaths occur.
Cage Prisoners is a human rights organisation that exists solely to raise awareness of the plight of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and other detainees held as part of the War on Terror. We aim to give a voice to the voiceless.
Contact: Asim Qureshi:
Email: [email protected]
Number: 0044 (0) 7973264197
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