Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The Guantánamo Testimonials Project

We've added a new site to our Friendly Links list. The UC Davis Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas has launched the Guantánamo Testimonials Project.

In the words of the center:

...the goal of this project is to gather testimonies of prisoner abuse at this detention center, organize them by the source of the testimony and the type of abuse (physical, sexual, medical, legal, psychological, age-related, religious, national / ethnic, verbal, unspecified and en route) and post them on this site. The strength of these testimonies is considerable. Based on them, a number of distinguished individuals and organizations have called for the closure of Guantánamo.

The Case of Murat Kurnaz

Murat Kurnaz, a Turkish-German man and former Guantánamo inmate has written a book, soon to be published, about his experiences at the prison camp.

Although Mr. Kurnaz was deemed to be harmless shortly after his capture, diplomatic imbroglios and government inaction resulted in a nearly five years of imprisonment for the so-called "Bremen Taliban."

According to UPI, Germany's foreign minister may be forced to resign over this scandalous injustice. Of course, no resignations are forthcoming from any government officials on the American side for the ongoing travesty of Guantánamo.

In the United States official impunity holds the day.

- Adrian Bleifuss Prados