The Guantanamo Testimonials Project
The Guantanamo Testimonials Project is collecting testimonies in relation to the abuse of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as part of " .... a long term research project to assess the effects of the U.S. war on terror on human rights in the Americas."
The project is being conducted by the Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas (CSHRA), which was launched in 2005 by the University of California at Davis.
From the site:
Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas (CSHRA) is an academic initiative for the comprehensive study of human rights across the American continent. Its mission is to gather information about human rights in our hemisphere, interpret it from interdisciplinary perspectives, develop appropriate legal instruments, create relevant curricula, and enhance human rights in the Americas through enlightened action.
Among those whose testimonies that have been collected for the project :
The Guantanamo Testimonials Project lists the names of 779 prisoners.
Those conducting the project make no evaluation regarding guilt or innocence, only that " .... these individuals are, in either case, entitled to a set of fundamental rights (a) as individuals held during an armed conflict, (b) as prisoners in general, and (c) as ordinary human beings."
President Barack Obama signed an executive order on January 22, 2009 meant to precipitate the closure of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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