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Monitoring Guantánamo's Periodic Review Boards

Dear friends and supporters,

Here at "Close Guantánamo," we have long taken an interest in the Periodic Review Boards at Guantánamo, the process for reviewing the cases of all the prisoners who were not previously approved for release by the Guantánamo Review Task Force that President Obama established shortly after taking office in 2009.

We have been writing about the PRBs since before they began, in August 2013, and we have continued to report on them ever since -- from January 2014, when the first prisoner was cleared for release, to now.

In his latest articles, "Close Guantánamo" co-founder Andy Worthington looks at the most recent news about the Periodic Review Boards. In "As the Last Egyptian Is Cleared for Release from Guantánamo, Another Yemeni Faces a Periodic Review Board," Andy wrote about the recent decision, by a PRB, to approve for release Tariq al-Sawah, the last Egyptian in Guantánamo, who has serious health issues.

He is the seventh prisoner to be approved for release by the PRB process, out of ten decisions taken, although only two of the seven have so far been freed. Three more men have had reviews for which decisions have not yet been taken. The first, Saeed Jarabh, was mentioned here, the second, Khalid Qasim, was discussed in the article about the recommendation for Tariq al-Sawah's release, and the third, Mashur al-Sabri, was discussed in Andy's latest article, "13th Guantánamo Prisoner Seeks Release Through Periodic Review Board."

We hope you enjoy these articles, and will share them if you do.

If you have time, we also recommend Andy's recent interview with Jon Gold, an advocate for 9/11 justice, on his show hosted on Cindy Sheehan's site. This, in part, followed on from Andy's recent article for Al-Jazeera, "The collapse of Guantánamo’s military commissions," which followed the recent ruling, by the Court of Military Commission Review, dismissing the conviction against David Hicks, an Australian, and the first prisoner to be convicted in a trial by military commission in March 2007. 

Four convictions have now been overturned, half of the total number of convictions secured in the much-criticized system since it was first brought back from the history books in November 2001, and in his article Andy argued that it is now time for the commissions to be scrapped, and for federal court trials to take place for the seven men, out of the 122 men still held, who are currently facing trials.

With thanks, as ever, for your support.

The "Close Guantánamo" team

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