On 11 January 2008 , the military camp at Guantanamo Bay will be 6 years old. I don’t like pushing my political views, but don’t mind if I do hit the proverbial it with some facts:
- 775 detainees have been held in Guantanamo since January 2002, around 330 are still held at the moment.
- 17 people in the camp are under the age of 18.
- Not a single Guantanamo detainee has been convicted of a criminal offence by the USA.
- 558 detainees had their status reviewed by Combatant Status Review Tribunals (CSRTs) between August 2004 and March 2005; 520 of them were found to be “enemy combatants” by these panels of three military officers. Detainees had no access to lawyers or to secret evidence used by the CSRT, which could also rely on coerced evidence.
All of these facts can be verified in recent UN and AI reports.
This has gone far enough. Most petitions ask you to sign up, this petition asks you to take your name off and state that you will no longer support this.