Obama tackles drones and Guantanamo

President Barack Obama Thursday laid out new guidelines for drone strikes abroad and launched a new bid to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, seeking to rein in a “boundless” US war on terror. In a major policy speech, Obama said the United States faced a new threat from “diverse” terror franchises and the growing threat … Read more

Guantanamo hunger strike reaches Day 100

As the Guantanamo hunger strike enters its 100th day, the number of voices, both in the US and around the world, to close the facility are growing stronger and louder. Lawyers acting for prisoners in Guantanamo say the real figures may be higher, but officially of the 166 inmates in Guantanamo, 102 are currently on … Read more

Guantanamo detainees humiliating body search

In a letter sent to British foreign secretary William Hague, a prominent human rights lawyer is alleging that Guantanamo Bay’s hunger striking detainees are being threatened with humiliating body searches before they are allowed to contact legal counsel. Clive Stafford Smith, who currently represents several inmates at the US prison camp through the legal charity … Read more

UN condemns force-feeding at Guantanamo

The UN human rights office has condemned force-feeding hunger strikers at Guantanamo Bay, calling it ‘torture’ and a breach of international law. At least 21 inmates out of the 100 officially on strike are being force-fed through nasal tubes. The hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay jail, US naval base in south-eastern Cuba, is now … Read more