Guantanamo Bay Prison is Six Years Old This Month
Friday, January 11th will mark the 6th anniversary of the arrival of the first prisoners to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Over 700 people have been held there without charges since the prison was created. 305 remain imprisoned there, including Omar Khadr, who was brought there from Afghanistan at the age of 15 more than five years ago, and thus has now spent a quarter of his life in the prison (see previous post). Four prisoners have died in custody, including Talal al Zahrani, believed to have committed suicide, who was brought to Guantanamo when he was 16.
86% of the prisoners held at Guantanamo were brought there by citizens of Afghanistan or Pakistan. Only 5% were captured by U.S. forces. 55% of detainees, or more than 400, have been determined not to have committed any acts of violence against the United States. Since the prison opened, 305 detainees have been released.
In sympathy with those held at the prison and in protest of the continued existence of such a place under American jurisdiction, many will be wearing orange on Friday, January 11th.
More information is available from the American Civil Liberties Union.