A note from Witness Against Torture

poster3Dear Friends,

15 men released from Guantanamo Bay Prison

We celebrate the release of 15 men from Guantanamo last Monday to United Arab Emirates. Read more about their release here. Their names are:

Mahmud al Mujahid (now 36, from Yemen)
Mohammed Khusruf (now 66, from Yemen
Abd al Muhsin Salih al Busi (now 37, from Yemen)
Abd al Rahman Sulayman (now 37, from Yemen)
Zahir Omar Hamis bin Hamdoun (now 36, from Yemen)
Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmed (now 36, from Yemen)
Bashir al Marwalah (now 37, from Yemen)
Saeed Sarem Jarabh (now 38, from Yemen)
Ayub Murshid Ali Salih (now 38, from Yemen)
Mohammed al Adahi (now 54, from Yemen)
Abdel Qadir al Mudhaffari (now 40, from Yemen)
Abdul Muhammed al Muhajari (now 46, from Yemen)
Obaidullah (now 36, from Afghanistan)
Haji Hamdullah (in his 50s, from Afghanistan)
Mohammed Kamin (now 38, from Afghanistan)

We hope that they will be given support as they settle into a new life far away from Guantanamo, and that they will be able to see their families soon. Obaidullah’s family was interviewed here.

There are now 61 detainees who remain in the prison: 20 are cleared for release, 31 are awaiting clearance through the Periodic Review Board, and 10 are in the military commission system (of those, 7 are currently in proceedings and 3 have been “convicted”).

Jihad Ahmed Mustafa Dhiab

Witness Against Torture wrote a statement pleading for continuing assurances from all relevant authorities of the safety of Jihad Ahmed Mustafa Dhiab (aka Jihad Ahmed Deyab). Dhiab poses no threat to any nation, society, or people. He should immediately be set free so that he can continue to rebuild his life after years of detention at Guantanamo. You can read the full statement here.

Make sure to save the date for our annual Fast for Justice: January 3-12 and our presence at the Presidential Inauguration January 19-21 – We will start planning for these events soon. If you are interested in participating in the planning process, please email witnesstorture@gmail.com.

Thank you for all your support,

Witness Against Torture

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