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Five Yemenis Freed from Guantánamo, Given New Homes in the United Arab Emirates


There’s good news from Guantánamo, as five Yemenis, approved for release from the prison in 2005, 2007 and 2014, have finally been freed, and given new homes in the United Arab Emirates. As the New York Times reported, the resettlement “was the first of its kind to the United Arab Emirates, which had previously taken […]

Mauritanian, Cleared for Release Since 2009, Finally Repatriated from Guantánamo


The news about the release from Guantánamo of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison, has been so all-consuming that I’ve had no time to report about another prisoner release last week — of Ahmed Ould Abdel Aziz, a Mauritanian who, like 41 other men still held, was approved for release six years […]

Shaker Aamer Finally Freed from Guantánamo: We Stand With Shaker Responds to the News


Please support my work! Great news finally, as Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in Guantánamo, has just arrived back in the UK, at Biggin Hill airport. Below is a version of a press release I wrote and sent out this morning on behalf of the We Stand With Shaker campaign. Responding to the news of […]

Abdul Rahman Shalabi, Long-Term Hunger Striker, Repatriated from Guantánamo to Saudi Arabia


Yesterday (September 22), the US authorities reduced the population of the prison at Guantánamo Bay to 114 by releasing Abdul Rahman Shalabi, the prison’s most enduring hunger striker, who had been on a hunger strike for over ten years. As I explained in an article in October 2010, he “weighed 124 pounds when he arrived […]

Fears for Guantánamo Prisoner Released in Morocco But Held Incommunicado in a Secret Location


Reprieve, the international human rights organization whose lawyers represent prisoners held at Guantánamo Bay, has just learned that one of its clients, Younous Chekkouri (aka Younus Chekhouri), a 47-year old Moroccan national, has been repatriated to Morocco, but is being held incommunicado and in a secret location. In a press release, Reprieve notes that its […]

Who Are the Six Yemenis Freed from Guantánamo and Resettled in Oman?


So it’s good news from Guantánamo, as six Yemenis — long cleared for release — have been freed and resettled in the Gulf state of Oman. These are the first men to be released since January, and the first under the watch of the new defense secretary Ashton Carter, who, as defense secretary, has to […]

Who Are the Five Yemenis Released from Guantánamo and Given New Homes in Oman and Estonia?


Last week, on January 14, the population of Guantánamo was reduced again as five more men were released, leaving 122 men still held, 54 of whom have been approved for release. The released men are all Yemenis, and four were sent to Oman, in the Gulf, and one to Estonia. The releases reinforce President Obama’s […]

Who Are the Five Guantánamo Prisoners Given New Homes in Kazakhstan?


On December 30, five men were released from Guantánamo, bringing to 28 the number of men released from the prison in 2014, and reducing the prison’s population to 127. The five men were approved for release in 2009 by the high-level, inter-agency Guantánamo Review Task Force that President Obama appointed shortly after taking office in […]

Four Insignificant Afghan Prisoners Released from Guantánamo


More good news regarding Guantánamo, as four Afghans have been released, and returned to Afghanistan in what US officials, who spoke to the New York Times, “are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.” The Times added, “Obama administration officials said they worked quickly to fulfil the request from […]

Who Are the Six Men Freed from Guantánamo and Given New Homes in Uruguay?


Great news regarding Guantánamo, as yesterday the Pentagon announced that six men, long cleared for release from the prison — four Syrians, a Palestinian and a Tunisian — have been resettled in Uruguay as refugees. Back in March, President José Mujica of Uruguay — a former political prisoner — announced that he had been approached […]

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