Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Human Rights Watch Report on Conditions at Gitmo

Washington, DC, June 10, 2008) – More than two-thirds of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, including many cleared for release or transfer, are being housed in inhumane conditions that are reportedly having a damaging effect on their mental health, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today.

The 54-page report, “Locked Up Alone: Detention Conditions and Mental Health at Guantanamo,” documents the conditions in the various “camps” at the detention center, in which approximately 185 of the 270 detainees are housed in facilities akin to “supermax” prisons even though they have not yet been convicted of a crime. These detainees have extremely limited contact with other human beings, spend 22 hours a day alone in small cells with little or no natural light or fresh air, are not provided any educational opportunities, and are given little more than a single book and the Koran to occupy their time. Even their two hours of “recreation” time – which is sometimes provided in the middle of the night – generally takes place in single-cell cages so that detainees cannot physically interact with one another.

“Guantanamo detainees who have not even been charged with a crime are being warehoused in conditions that are in many ways harsher than those reserved for the most dangerous, convicted criminals in the United States,” said Jennifer Daskal, senior counterterrorism counsel at Human Rights Watch. “Security measures don’t justify locking people in windowless cells 22 hours a day, for months and years on end, with almost no opportunity for human interaction, physical exercise or mental stimulation.”


1 comment:

Angel said...

My heart goes out to Omar Kadr. He had no choice in all this. It is not his fault that his father was a friend of Osama Bin Ladin. Omar Kadr is most likely innocent and since he was born in Canada, the Canadian Government should bring him back to Canada and provide him with proper medical care. Why is this child being treated like he is Al Qaeda. Please have mercy on him and DO NOT treat him like he is Osama Bin Ladin. My prayers are for him and I am of the Catholic faith and a Canadian.