Unfortunate news from Guantánamo
Dear friends and supporters,
Last week we drew attention
to the plight of two Algerian prisoners in Guantánamo, Djamel Ameziane and Belkacem Bensayah, after it was reported that the Obama administration was planning to repatriate them to Algeria, even though both men had made it clear that they did not want to be repatriated, because of their fears about the Algerian government, and also about Islamist militants targeting them.
Unfortunately, as Andy Worthington reports in our latest article, "President Obama Forcibly Repatriates Two Algerians from Guantánamo
," the planned repatriation has gone ahead, and both men are unfortunately now in detention in Algeria, on the basis of laws in Algeria that allow the security services to hold people without charge for 12 days. If past experience is anything to go by, they will then be released, but will later be put on trial, which, in one previous case, led to a former prisoner receiving a three-year prison sentence.
Tomorrow, there will be a protest for Djamel Ameziane
outside the Algerian Embassy at 2118 Kalorama Rd NW, in Washington, D.C., between 2pm and 3pm. The timing is appropriate, as December 10 is Human Rights Day, marking the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Please also note that today marks 200 days since President Obama's promise to resume releasing prisoners from Guantánamo, which prompted us to launch a website, GTMO Clock
, marking how many days it is since President Onbama's promise to resume releasing prisoners in major speech on national security issues on May 23, and how many men have been released. Please feel free to visit the page, and to like and share and tweet it.
With thanks, as ever, for your support.
The "Close Guantánamo" team
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