The Guantanamo Bay detention camp is a US military prison located in Cuba. It was established in January 2002 by the Bush Administration to held, without charge or trial, detainees captured all over the world as part of the War on Terror. Notorious for its abuses and denial of due process, it is widely recognised as “the Gulag of our time”.
780 men, all Muslim and aged from 13 to 89, have been detained there outside any legal framework. The US authorities refused to apply the Geneva conventions protecting the rights of the prisoners of war. Instead, they were labelled ‘enemy combatants’ even though many of them were not captured on any battlefield.
Initially portrayed as “die hard terrorists”, US data shows that 92% of the detainees were not regarded as Al Qaeda fighters by the US government.
680 detainees have been released from Guantanamo Bay after years of detention without charge or trial. Nine detainees have passed away while in custody at Guantanamo Bay.