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2 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

According to an official US government document [text, PDF], a man who fought for the Taliban in Afghanistan and has been held without charge at Guantanamo Bay for 13 years was a victim of mistaken identity. Mustafa Abd-al Qawi Abd-al-Aziz al-Shamiri was held as a courier and trainer for Al … [read more]


Legal News
16 Nov 2015
by Alonso Diaz

Five Yemeni detainees from the Guantanamo Bay detention camp have been transferred to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) the Department of Defense (DOD) [press release] announced Sunday. The Guantanamo Review Task Force (GRTF)[text, PDF] unanimously approved [NPR report] for transfer four of the five detainees more than five years ago. … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Friday announced that the last remaining British inmate, Shaker Aamer, has been released [press release] and returned to the UK after extensive review [report, PDF] by the Guantanamo Review Task Force. Though he is a citizen of the UK through … [read more]


Legal News
29 Oct 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Guantanamo Bay prisoner Ahmed Ould Abdel Aziz was released from detention and sent back to his home country of Mauritania, the Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] announced [press release] on Thursday. The Guantanamo Review Task Force, created in response to a 2009 presidential executive order [Executive Order 13492, … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A federal judge who had previously ordered the US to release a series of force-feeding videotapes from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] on Tuesday denied [opinion, PDF] a request by the government to reconsider the order. US District Judge Gladys Kessler [official profile] stated in her opinion that nothing has … [read more]


Legal News
5 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The last remaining British Guantanamo detainee is on a hunger strike, the Daily Mail reported [text] Saturday. Shaker Aamer told the Daily Mail via his lawyer that he is still subject to physical abuse despite reports that he will be released [JURIST report] sometime month. Aamer was captured in … [read more]


Legal News
3 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Officials from the US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] said Friday that they are sending teams to review three Colorado prisons as part of President Barack Obama's ongoing efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay prison. Officials plan to visit ADX Florence, a federal Supermax prison, along with a … [read more]


Legal News
1 Oct 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Djamel Ameziane filed a petition [brief, PDF] with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) [official website] seeking reparations from the US government for human rights violations he alleges that he endured while in custody. Ameziane was forcibly returned to his home country of Algeria … [read more]


Legal News
27 Sep 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The Obama administration on Friday notified Congress of its plan to release Guantanamo Bay inmate Shaker Aamer [Reprieve.org profile] to the United Kingdom next month. Aamer, who was captured in Afghanistan in 2001, is the final British resident held in the United States' military prison. Although he denies association, … [read more]


Legal News
15 Sep 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The US government, on order from federal judge Gladys Kessler [professional profile], has released eight redacted videos showing forced feedings at Guantanamo Bay prison. The videos, released to the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] as part of former prisoner Abu Wa'el Dhiab's suit against … [read more]


Legal News
20 Aug 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Israel Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday suspended the administrative detention of a Palestinian man who has been on a two-month hunger strike. The prisoner, Mohammad Allan, had been on a hunger strike since June 16 in order to protest his detention, which was set to last indefinitely. … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jul 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Israeli parliament [official website] on Thursday passed a law [press release] that allows the force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strikes if their lives are at risk. The law, which passed in a close vote of 46 - 40, requires that the force-feeding of an inmate be sanctioned by … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] US Secretary of State John Kerry [official profile] on Tuesday appointed [press release] Lee Wolowsky [professional profile] the new envoy to lead the Obama administration's efforts to close the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder]. Wolowsky is a former National Security Council director under the Clinton and … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

The US Periodic Review Board (PRB) [official fact sheet] announced Friday that one of the longest-held detainees at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] may now be released to his home country of Saudi Arabia. Abdul Rahman Shalabi has been on a nine-year hunger strike and would be released [Miami Herald report] … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Cabinet of Israel [official website] on Sunday approved a bill allowing the force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strike if their lives are at risk. Entitled Preventing Damage from Hunger Strikes [materials], the law would require doctors to exhaust other means of ending a hunger strike before using force-feeding. … [read more]


Legal News
31 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday decided [opinion, PDF] not to get involved, for the time being, in a case regarding whether the public should have access to video footage showing a Guantanamo [JURIST backgrounder] detainee being force-fed. The court … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A US government source on Friday revealed that Shaker Aamer [NYT backgrounder; JURIST news archive], a Saudi citizen Saudi citizen and former UK resident detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder], is expected to be released in June after recent calls from the UK government. Aamer and his counsel had … [read more]


Legal News
21 Dec 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama signed the annual federal defense policy bill into law Friday but expressed dissatisfaction [press release] over provisions that limit the his ability to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. HR 3979 [bill profile] authorizes a $585 billion dollar budget for Department of Defense (DOD) … [read more]


Legal News
8 Dec 2014
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Monday announced the transfer[press release] of six detainees from the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detention center to Uruguay. This move is the result of a 2009 Executive Order [text] issued by President Obama [official profile] instructing the Guantanamo Bay Review … [read more]


Legal News
21 Nov 2014
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] announced Thursday the transfer of five detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder]. Three are being transferred to the country of Georgia, while Slovakia will accepted [press releases] the transfer of two more detainees. In 2009 the Guantanamo … [read more]

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