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Guantánamo: Six Years Of Injustice Need To End January 11, 2008

Posted by Muhajirah in Activism, Campaigns, Islam, Politics.
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by Andy Worthington

Six years ago today, one of the most depressing icons of the twenty-first century opened for business. On January 11, 2002, the first of nearly 800 prisoners arrived at a hastily erected prison in the US naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Leased from Cuba since 1903, under an extraordinary agreement that cannot be broken unless both countries agree to it, Guantánamo was specifically chosen because it was presumed to be beyond the reach of the US courts.

 

 

Camp X-Ray, January 11, 2002

 

It was here that the US administration unveiled its novel approach to justice in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Declaring that the prisoners – henceforth to be referred to only as “detainees” – were amongst the “worst of the worst,” President Bush insisted that he had the right to hold them not as prisoners of war protected by the Geneva Conventions, but as “unlawful enemy combatants,” who could be imprisoned indefinitely without charge or trial. Continue Reading

 

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1. AllAboutGQ - January 30, 2008

May Allah hasten the release of Muslims from the hands of the kuffar and tawagheet all around the world. Ameen

May Allah protect us all and keep us steadfast upon the Haq. Ameen

2. Anya - February 6, 2008

I can’t stand what is happening!
I pray for all stuck in these dire situations.

3. tawheedfirst - May 8, 2008

Alhamdulillah, Sami Al-Hajj (AlJazeera Cameraman) was recently released. SubhaanAllah though, the brother looks broken, and as if he’s aged tremendously. The reports on this are heart-breaking, and can be found at AlJazeera English.

May Allah ta’ala protect us all. Ameen.


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