Friday, July 16, 2010

Precautions are needed if Algerian detainees are sent home

Washington Post
July 16, 2010

It is not every day that detainees attempt to block their own release from the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But that is what six Algerians who have been held at the prison for some eight years are trying to do.

Judge Gladys Kessler of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia cleared the detainees for release late last year, but she put the release on hold after the United States indicated that it planned to send them to their native country. The men fear that in Algeria they would face abuse, torture or worse at the hands of the government or militant Islamic groups. They say they are willing to go to a third country or to stay in Guantanamo for years rather than return.