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Guantanamo force-feeding is illegal, says UN body

Guantanamo force-feeding is illegal, says UN body: Reprieve comment

A United Nations panel has said that the force-feeding of hunger-striking detainees at Guantanamo Bay is a violation of the UN Convention Against Torture.

The report, released today by the UN Committee Against Torture, said that the practise "constitutes ill-treatment", and called on the US to halt it. The Committee also noted that "detainees’ lawyers have argued in court that force feedings are allegedly administered in an unnecessarily brutal and painful manner" - an apparent reference to US litigation brought by international human rights NGO Reprieve on behalf of cleared Syrian detainee Abu Wa'el Dhiab.

As part of those legal proceedings, the Obama Administration has until Tuesday (December 2) to appeal a recent court order to release over ten hours of classified footage showing the force-feeding of Mr Dhiab.

Hisham Sliti released from Guantanamo Bay

Reprieve client Hisham Sliti released from Guantanamo Bay

A 48 year-old Tunisian man has today been released from Guantánamo Bay after 13 years held without charge or trial. 

Reprieve client Hisham Sliti, along with four other detainees, has now been resettled in Eastern Europe. 

Hisham was sold for a bounty to Pakistani soldiers in December 2001 before being handed to US forces in January 2002 and tortured for four months in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was transferred to Guantánamo in May 2002.

Whilst in Guantánamo, Hisham spent years in isolation and suffered abuse. One interrogator, nicknamed “King Kong”, threw a mini-fridge at Hisham, striking him in the face and leaving visible scars.

Reprieve attorney Cori Crider said: "I first met Hisham seven years ago. He no more belonged in prison then than today. This is a welcome day, if long overdue, and Hisham is looking forward to rebuilding his life and starting a family. Let us hope that the dozens of other cleared men left in Gitmo will soon follow." 

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1. For more information on Hisham Sliti please  see http://www.reprieve.org.uk/cases/hishamsliti/, or contact Reprieve’s press office: 001 (917) 855 8064/katherine.oshea@reprieve.org.

War Eternal: One Man Gathers What Another Man Spills

War Eternal: One Man Gathers What Another Man Spills

Thursday, 25 September 2014  By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout

One man gathers what another man spills- Robert Hunter

The front page of Tuesday's New York Times made for one of the most debilitating brain cramps in recent memory. The banner headline, set beside a photograph of missiles being fired from an American warship, was, "US and Allies Strike ISIS Targets in Syria." This, as we have since learned, was the announcement that the United States had opened its aerial campaign against terrible people in yet another country, one more bellicose headline out of fifty dozen we've seen since the US began this war some 24 years ago.

The brain cramp, however, came with the second headline, just beneath the proclamation that we were in the process of attacking ISIS in Syria with air strikes. "In Iraq," it read, "Strikes Fail to Dislodge ISIS." The accompanying text underscored the grim, yet utterly predictable facts read: "After six weeks of Western air support, Iraqi forces have scarcely budged the militant fighters from their hold on more than a quarter of the country."

Ralph Nader on Wars of Choice.

Damaging Our Country from Wars of Choice

By Ralph Nader
The drums of war are beating once again with the vanguard of U.S. bombers already over Iraq (and soon Syria) to, in President Obama’s words, “degrade and destroy ISIS.” The Republican Party, led by war-at-any-cost Senators Lindsay Graham and John McCain, wants a bigger military buildup which can only mean U.S. soldiers on the ground.

Here they go again. Another result of Bush’s war in Iraq. Washington has already expended thousands of American lives, hundreds of thousands of American injuries and illnesses, and over a million Iraqi lives. The achievement: the slaying or capture of Al Qaeda leaders, but with that came the spread of Al Qaeda into a dozen countries and the emergence of a new Al Qaeda on steroids called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) which has nominal control over an area in Syria and Iraq larger than the territory of Great Britain.

In Ukraine, the US is dragging us towards war with Russia- John Pilger

In Ukraine, the US is dragging us towards war with Russia

Washington's role in Ukraine, and its backing for the regime's neo-Nazis, has huge implications for the rest of the world

Europe: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back on Torture Collusion

Europe: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back on Torture Collusion

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Demonstration at Shannon Airport, Ireland © Shannonwatch

Demonstration at Shannon Airport, Ireland © Shannonwatch

At the end of 2012, it looked as though the tide was finally starting to turn on European states that colluded in the CIA’s extralegal “extraordinary rendition” programme when, for the first time, European and domestic courts found states guilty of collusion in the abduction, torture and illegal detention of individuals suspected of involvement in terrorist activity.

The CIA’s secretive extraordinary rendition programme involves the “transfer, without legal process, of a detainee to the custody of a foreign government for purposes of detention and interrogation”. Its use accelerated after 11 September 2001 and depends on facilitation by other states. A 2013 report by the US NGO Open Society Foundation (OSF) listed 25 European states out of 54 known to have assisted the programme in different ways.

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