Friday May 20, 201112:09 PM GMT
ACLU, AI call for independent probe into Guantanamo death
Fri May 20, 2011 12:10PM
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The American Civil Liberties Union has renewed its call for an independent investigation into all deaths at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility after the death of another detainee, reported Wednesday by the U.S. military as an "apparent suicide".


The prisoner, a 37-year-old Afghan identified as Inayatullah Nassim, had been held without charge or trial since September 2007. Seven other prisoners have died at the camp, including five reported as suicides, but the causes of death have never been independently verified. ACLU




"This latest death highlights the immediate need for a full and independent inquiry into deaths at Guantanamo. It also underscores the tragic consequences of indefinite detention and unfair trials of detainees," Jamil Dakwar, director of the ACLU Human Rights Program, said. ACLU


"This man was imprisoned at Guantanamo for nearly four years, with no end in sight. If there is credible evidence against detainees then they should be charged and prosecuted in a fair trial or safely settled or released - that is the way for justice to be served according to American law and values," he added. ACLU


The U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service has reportedly started investigating the incident to establish the cause of death. Initial reports said that guards found Inayatullah unresponsive and not breathing after which medical personnel were called who pronounced him dead when life-saving measures failed, according to a statement by the Joint Task Force Guantanamo.


The U.S. military must allow a fully independent, civilian-led investigation into the death of the detainee at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo in Cuba, Amnesty International said. Amnesty International


Amnesty International continues to call on the U.S. to bring the detainees still held in Guantanamo to fair trial in independent courts, or to release them. Amnesty International




Since October 2001, when the current ongoing war on Afghanistan began, almost 800 detainees have been brought to Guantanamo.


During his Presidential campaign, Barack Obama described Guantanamo as a "sad chapter in American history" and promised to close down the prison in 2009. Guardian


Red Cross inspectors and released detainees have described acts of torture, including sleep deprivation, beatings and locking in confined and cold cells. Human rights groups have also argued that indefinite detention constitutes torture. Huffington Post


The Interrogation and detention regime implemented by the U.S. has resulted in the deaths of over 100 detainees in U.S. custody.


Washington has ignored human rights standards in its own treatment of terrorism suspects. It has refused to apply the Geneva Conventions to prisoners of war from Afghanistan, and has misused the designation of 'illegal combatant' to apply to criminal suspects on U.S. soil. HRW














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