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  • Dec 28, 2014
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Guantanamo Bay detention camp

The Guantanamo Bay detention camp is a detainment and interrogation facility of the United States military located within Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. The facility was established in January 2002 by the George W. Bush administration to hold detainees it had determined to be connected with opponents in the "war on terror" after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in the US.

Guantanamo Bay detainee cites international POW law in freedom bid

A Kuwaiti detainee at Guantanamo Bay is mounting a legal challenge to win his release. Photo: AP

A Kuwaiti detainee at Guantanamo Bay is mounting a legal challenge to win his release, arguing in a US federal lawsuit that he should be freed when US combat troops pull out of Afghanistan because international law stipulates prisoners of war be returned home once a conflict is over.

Wednesday, 5 February, 2014, 4:44am

Uygur battles to escape painful past while building new life in Albania

Abu Bakker Qassim manages to smile after his journey from Xinjiang to Albania. Photo: Joanna Baker

Abu Bakker Qassim - allegedly tortured in China, then wrongly incarcerated in Guantanamo - is finding a semblance of peace in the Balkan nation of Albania.

8 Oct 2013 - 2:19pm

Uygur refugee pair leave El Salvador

The US Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba once held 22 Uygurs. Photo: AP

Two Uygurs who were prisoners at Guantanamo Bay before being freed and sent to El Salvador 17 months ago have slipped out of the Central American nation, apparently without passports.

28 Sep 2013 - 3:17am

Al-Qaeda chief vows to free 'all our prisoners' from US jails

Ayman al-Zawahiri, leader of al-Qaeda, issued the vow to free Muslim prisoners.Photo: AFP

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has vowed to break out Muslim prisoners from US prisons and the heavily fortified compound for terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

2 Aug 2013 - 5:08am

'Fifty Shades' a hit at Guantanamo detention camp

E.L. James's erotic novel has been a worldwide bestseller.

The Fifty Shades of Grey series of erotic novels are the favourite reading material among former CIA captives held at the Guantanamo detention camp, a US congressman has said. 

1 Aug 2013 - 4:46am

Guantanamo accused of 'cheating on numbers' over hunger strike

Campaigners wearing Guantanamo Bay detainee jump suits protest outside the parliament in London. Photo: EPA

Guards in Guantanamo were accused of using the Muslim holy month of Ramadan to massage hunger strike numbers, after the US military claimed on Sunday that fewer than half of the inmate population are now on strike.

16 Jul 2013 - 3:58am

Obama appoints lawyer Clifford Sloan to revive bid to close Guantanamo prison

People dressed as detainees of Guantanamo Bay detention facility protest on Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House in Washington DC. Photo: EPA

US President Barack Obama has chosen a high-powered Washington lawyer with extensive experience in all three branches of the government to be the State Department's special envoy for closing down the military-run prison at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba.

18 Jun 2013 - 4:05am

Quarter of Guantanamo Bay inmates being force-fed

Quarter of Guantanamo Bay inmates being force-fed

The number of hunger-striking Guantanamo detainees being force-fed by military medical teams has jumped to 41 and now makes up a quarter of the US-run camp's prisoner population.

8 Jun 2013 - 3:00am

Rights groups fault new Obama plan for vetting drone strikes

Barack Obama is seen in a television camera's viewfinder as he speaks about his administration's counterterrorism policy. Photo: EPA

Proposals to vet future US drone strikes risk creating "kill courts", according to human rights campaigners. They say President Barack Obama's promise of new legal oversight does not go far enough to end what they regard as extrajudicial executions.

25 May 2013 - 4:20am

How they see it

Yemenis wearing orange jumpsuits, similar to those worn by prisoners at the US detention centre in Guantanamo Bay, hold a protest demanding the release of inmates on hunger strike. Photo: AFP

The prison in Guantanamo Bay mocks American standards of justice by keeping people imprisoned without charges. As of Tuesday, 100 of the 166 inmates are participating in a hunger strike against their conditions and indefinite detention.

5 May 2013 - 2:51am

Obama vows new bid to shut Guantanamo ‘no man’s land’

President Barack Obama answers questions at a news conference in the White House. Photo: AP

President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday to renew a push to close the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, amid a growing hunger strike by inmates at the controversial jail.

1 May 2013 - 2:20am

Terror suspects' hunger strike grows

More Guantanamo detainees have joined a growing hunger strike at the US military prison, with nearly a third of the 166 so-called war-on-terror suspects participating, a spokesman said. Captain Robert Durand said on Wednesday that 52 detainees are refusing food, 15 of whom are being tube-fed by prison officials. That was up from 43 hunger strikers, including 11 being tube-fed, last Friday.

19 Apr 2013 - 4:44am

Guantanamo bay prisoners on hunger strike over Korans

A guard tower overlooks the northeast gate at US Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. Photo: Reuters

Prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay camp have launched a hunger strike to protest at interference with their personal effects, including Korans, their lawyers and prison officials said.

13 Mar 2013 - 4:39am

Accused terrorists can skip Guantanamo hearings

Robert Reeg (far left), a retired firefighter who was injured while responding to the September 11 attacks, listens as Ken Fairben (third from right), who lost his son Keith in the attacks, holds a press briefing on Monday. Photo: AP

A military tribunal reconvenes on Tuesday for five men charged in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, but the defendants may sit this session out.

16 Oct 2012 - 2:57pm

Silence kills democracy... but a free press talks

Today is World Press Freedom Day. Let's explore why the media is important and what can be done to protect it.

Journalists protect citizens from authority. You might wonder why anyone would need protecting from authorities, but sometimes the authorities are bad. They might be corrupt or oppressive and it is often journalists who are the first to expose this.

3 May 2011 - 12:00am