Many ordinary people have been affected by the tough stance adopted by the US since the 9/11 attacks. People of Middle Eastern origin are bearing the brunt of the abuses. Because of their Muslim background, they are often accused of being religious fanatics. Also, some Muslim immigrants in western countries face harassment in their neighbourhoods. Of all the rights abuses making headlines around the world, the infamous incident at a prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, drew the biggest protests from human rights activists. The shocking photos of prisoners piled up on the floor in front of smiling US guards will forever remain a blot on our collective conscience.