CCR Covers Former Guantánamo Detainee’s Address of Committee against Torture

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Turkish citizen Murat Kurnaz was held in detention at Guantánamo Bay from 2001 to 2006, during which time he claims to have been severely tortured.  According to the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), Mr. Kurnaz addressed the United Nations Committee against Torture in Geneva to discuss the United States’ compliance with the UN Convention against Torture. During his [Read More…]

CCR Reveals First Guantánamo Prisoner Allowed to Return Home Has Left for Kuwait

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Fawzi al Odah, a Kuwaiti detainee previously held at Guantánamo Bay, has been sent back to his home country after a review board approved his release. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) celebrated the release of al Odah, but expressed concern for the 148 men who remain in detention at Guantánamo. Seventy-nine member of the inmate population have been cleared [Read More…]

Human Rights Situation of Detainees at Guantánamo Naval Base, United States

Petitioners address the Inter-American Commission on Human Rrights (courtesy of IACHR)

Versión en español disponible aquí Commissioners: Tracy Robinson, Rodrigo Escobar Gil, Felipe González, Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, Elizabeth Abi-Mershed, and Emilio Álvarez Icaza Longoria Expert Witness: UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Méndez (invited by the IACHR) Petitioners: Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) and Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) State: United States Petitioners before [Read More…]

Situation of Human Rights of Persons Detained in the Guantanamo Bay Naval Facility

147th Period of Sessions, Commission Hearing. Photo by Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (March 12, 2013).

Versión en español disponible aquí. Commissioners: Tracy Robinson, Jesús Orozco Henríquez, Rodrigo Escobar Gil, Felipe González Morales Petitioners: The Center for Constitutional Rights, Physicians for Human Rights, Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), City University of New York, Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic State: United States   Since the United States opened the detention [Read More…]

New National Defense Authorization Act Authorizes Indefinite Detention of U.S. Citizens

Guantanamo captives in 2002. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

On October 26, 2001 President Bush enacted the Patriot Act authorizing indefinite detention of non-U.S. citizens; allowing suspected terrorists to be detained without trial until the War on Terrorism ended. On January 11, 2002, the first group of twenty detainees arrived at Guantanamo Bay’s Camp X-Ray, where they were housed in open-air cages with concrete [Read More…]