Between 2002 and 2021, nine detainees died in custody Guantanamo, two from natural causes and seven reportedly committed suicide. None had been charged or convicted of a crime.
The notorious Guantanamo Bay detention facility, a symbol of U.S. torture and abuse of prisoners, marked on Tuesday the 20th anniversary of the first prisoners’ arrival, amid renewed calls that it be shut down and America reflect on its poor human rights record.
Over the past two decades, nearly 780 inmates have passed through the cells of the U.S. military prison, where they were reportedly subjected to torture and other brutal treatment. Thirty-nine men are still there. Of them, a dozen has been charged with war crimes, while the rest are either eligible for transfer or continue to be held under indefinite detention.
“Guantanamo is a global symbol of American injustice, torture, and abuse of power. 39 Muslim men remain there, subjected to indefinite military detention and an unconstitutional and broken military trial system. It has to end,” tweeted Hina Shamsi, the director of the ACLU National Security Project.Guantanamo Is a Global Symbol of US Torture and Power Abuse | News | teleSUR English