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Legal News
22 Jan 2016
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Two of three Guantanamo Bay detainees scheduled for release boarded a plane for transfer on Wednesday while the third detainee turned down the opportunity. Though the two released detainees were natives of Egypt and Yemen, they were resettled in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro [DOD press releases]. The third … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2016
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Foreign Ministry [official website] of Oman on Thursday reported [statement, in Arabic] that 10 Yemeni detainees from Guantanamo Bay arrived temporarily to Oman. The US Department of Defense later confirmed the move [press release]. On Monday human rights experts from the UN and the Organization for Security and … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

The European Commission (EC) [official website] announced [press release] Wednesday that it has begun the first assessment of the Rule of Law [materials] in Poland, a member state, concerning the EU policy of Media Freedom and Pluralism materials] as well as changes in the nation's Constitutional Tribunal. The Rule of … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Human rights experts from the UN and the Organization for Security and Co-operation (OSCE) [official website] joined in sending an open letter [text, PDF] Monday urging the US government to shut down the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay on its fourteenth anniversary. The letter mentioned the recent steps by … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

[JURIST] Saudi Guantanamo detainee Muhammed Abd Al Rahman Awn Al-Shamrani has been repatriated to his home country, the US Department of Defense (DOD) announced [press release] Monday. The Periodic Review Board (PRD) [official website] determined in September that "continued law of war detention of Al-Shamrani does not remain necessary to … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jan 2016
by Taylor Isaac

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough [official profile] told [Fox News report] Fox News Sunday that President Barack Obama [official profile] intends to fulfill his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility before leaving office. The statement was made in an interview previewing the president's final State of … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

The last Kuwaiti held at Guantanamo, Faiz Mohammed Ahmed al-Kandari, has been repatriated to his home country, the US Department of Defense (DOD) announced [press release] Friday. The Periodic Review Board (PRB) [official website] determined in September that "continued law of war detention of Al-Kandari does not remain necessary to … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

Two Yemeni men captured in Afghanistan and detained at Guantanamo Bay for 14 years have been released to Ghana, officials said [press release] Wednesday. These two are among the 17 detainees scheduled for release this month [JURIST report]. The men were suspected of training with al Qaeda and fighting with … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The European Commission (EC) [official website] on Sunday expressed its intentions to debate Poland's new law on control of state-run media after Warsaw seized control of public broadcasters. The debate [Reuters report], scheduled to be held on January 13, is likely the first stage of a potential punitive action to … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

The first of 17 detainees are scheduled to be released from the Guantanamo Bay prison next week, said a senior US official [CNN report] on Monday. There will be 90 detainees remaining, 59 of whom are ineligible to be transferred to another country. The official said three of the 59 … [read more]


Legal News
24 Dec 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

Poland's ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) [official website, in Polish] passed [Reuters report] new legislation Tuesday that opponents decry as damaging to the checks and balances within the government. The law creates new hurdles for Poland's Constitutional Court [official website, Polish], which functions to determine the constitutional validity of … [read more]


Legal News
15 Dec 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The head of army forces command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, General Robert Abrams on Monday ordered that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl [BBC profile] face court martial for deserting an endangering troops by leaving his outpost in 2009. Bergdahl faces a possible life sentence [NYT report], a much more severe punishment … [read more]


Legal News
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
19 Nov 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] stated Thursday that he intends to continue his efforts to close Guantanamo Bay prison, despite likely push back from Congress after the Paris attacks [JURIST report]. Obama made remarks [Reuters report] to reporters during the Asia-Pacific Summit in Manila, expressing concern for delays … [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
11 Nov 2015
by Alonso Diaz

The US Senate on Tuesday approved the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (NDAA )[text, PDF], which is expected to be signed by President Barack Obama despite further delaying the closure of the Guantanamo Bay military prison. Section 1031 of the NDAA prohibits the use of funds for … [read more]


Legal News
9 Nov 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

The UK Supreme Court [official website] on Monday began hearings in the case of Abdel Hakim Belhaj, who claims the British government assisted in his 2004 rendition by US forces. Belhaj and his wife were arrested in Bangkok in 2004 and returned to Muammar Gaddafi's Libya, where he spent six … [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
30 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US government's case against five Guantanamo Bay detainees will continue to move forward after a US military judge on Thursday determined that one of the defendants may not fire his defense lawyer [transcript, PDF]. US military judge James Pohl ruled that Walid Bin Atash did not show good … [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]

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