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U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay has a unique posture in the Western Hemisphere in that it is the oldest U.S. base outside the continental United States, and the only one in a country that does not enjoy an open political relationship with the United States.Located in the Oriente Province on the southeast corner of Cuba, the base is about 400 air miles from Miami, Fla.In February 1903, the United States leased 45 square miles of land and water at Guantanamo Bay for use as a coaling (fueling) station. The treaty was finalized and the document was ratified by both governments and signed in Havana in December of that same year.The most recent addition to the base is the Southern Command Joint Task Force Guantanamo. Following the attacks on New York and Washington on September 11, 2001, Joint Task Force Guantanamo was tasked to stand up the War on Terrorism detainee mission... [ USN ]


Will the Last UK Resident Be Released from Guantanamo Next Month?
May 17, 2015
JURIST guest columnist Peter Jan Honigsberg from the University of San Francisco School of Law discusses possible release of detainees from Guantanamo Bay...On April 24, JURIST reported that Shaker Aamer, a citizen of Saudi Arabia (SA) and a British resident who has been detained in Guantanamo Bay....... [more]

Poland to make payments to alleged CIA rendition victims
May 15, 2015
The Polish government on Friday processed payments to two terror suspects currently held by the US at Guantanamo Bay. The European Court of Human Rights had imposed a Saturday deadline on Poland to make the reparations. Last July Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri were awarded USD $147,000 and....... [more]

Canada top court rejects government's bid to declare Khadr adult offender
May 15, 2015
The Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday rejected the Canadian government's bid to have former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr declared an adult offender. The case concerned whether the eight-year war crimes sentence Khadr received from a US military commission in 2010 should be interpreted as a youth....... [more]

UN council reviews US human rights record
May 11, 2015
The UN Human Rights Council on Monday reviewed the US human rights record as part of its Universal Periodic Reviews, expressing concern over excessive use of force by law enforcement, racial discrimination, and minority rights, particularly for African Americans. Participating nations recommended th....... [more]

HRW: Canada release of Khadr a 'significant step'
May 9, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday said that by releasing Omar Khadr on bail, Canada is taking a "significant step toward ending his ordeal." HRW is urging the Canadian government to rehabilitate Khadr and assist his integration into society. Khadr, 28, is a Canadian citizen who was captured by US....... [more]

Canada court rules Khadr may be released on bail
May 8, 2015
A judge for the Alberta Court of Appeal on Thursday ruled that former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr can be released on bail while he appeals his US war crimes conviction. According to Justice Myra Bielby, the ruling was based on her belief that there was "no clear evidence there would be irreparabl....... [more]

Guantanamo detainee set to be released in June
April 24, 2015
A US government source on Friday revealed that Shaker Aamer, a Saudi citizen Saudi citizen and former UK resident detained at Guantanamo Bay, is expected to be released in June after recent calls from the UK government. Aamer and his counsel had asked a federal judge last week to release him on th....... [more]

Former Guantanamo detainee arrested in death of Uganda prosecutor
April 8, 2015
A former Guantanamo Bay detainee was arrested Tuesday in connection with the murder of Ugandan Senior Principal State Attorney Joan Kagezi last month. Ugandan citizen Jamal Kiyemba was apprehended along with three others in the Ugandan Capital of Kampala by a joint operation of the Ugandan Police Fo....... [more]

Military judge rules medical care adequate for USS Cole bomber to stand trial
March 31, 2015
A US military judge ruled Monday that authorities at the Guantanamo detention center provide adequate medical care to Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the accused ringleader of the USS Cole bombing. The defense claimed that Nashiri was unfit to stand trial due to inadequate medical treatment. The judge fou....... [more]

Obama's Gitmo Regrets Abound: The 9/11 Military Commission-Two Observers' Perspectives
March 26, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnists B. Shaw Drake and Mai El-Sadany, Georgetown University Law Center, Class of 2015, discuss the military's violations of the due process of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay since 9/11...On March 18th President Obama said if he could relive his first day in office he would have close....... [more]

Khadr lawyer requests bail while appeal is processed
March 25, 2015
A lawyer for former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr asked the Court of Queen's Bench in Edmonton Tuesday to release his client on bail while his US war crimes appeal is being considered. Nathan Whitling argued that his client's appeal is taking too long to process, and Khadr's sentence may be complet....... [more]




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