Guantanamo - 20 years on
20 years on
  • Saturday 8 Jan 2022
  • 6:30pm (UK Time) / 1.30pm (EST)


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What this is about ...

In January 2002, the US government opened Guantánamo Bay camp to imprison Muslim men without charge or trial. The U.S. military has officially acknowledged holding 779 prisoners in the camp, aged between 13 and 87.

Guantanamo has been called “the gulag of our times”, a “stain on US history”, and an “island outside the law”.

To this day, Guantanamo is still open, and remains a symbol of torture, kidnap and indefinite unjust imprisonment.

Since 2003, CAGE has conducted in-depth interviews with prisoners, families and lawyers, carried out ground-breaking research and advocated for redress in mainstream media, governments and international organisations.

To mark the 20th anniversary of Guantanamo's opening, we will hold a unique event online with some very special guests, and invite you to what is set to be one of the largest gathering of former Guantanamo prisoners.

Join men who have not only survived Guantanamo, but also continue to embody faith and resilience. 

In this event, you will hear about:

- Unique experiences and stories from within Guantanamo
- The first survivor-led 8-point plan to close Guantanamo
- CAGE's new website "Humans of Guantanamo"

Mohamedou ould Salahi (Mauritania) -
Former prisoner, author of "Guantanamo Diaries", and lead character in the film "The Mauritanian"
Omar Khadr (Canada) -
Former prisoner and hero of the documentary "Guantanamo's child"
Shaker Aamer (UK) - 
Former prisoner and public speaker
Ahmed Errachidi (Morocco) - Former prisoner and author of "The General"
Omar Deghayes (Libya) -
Former prisoner and lawyer
Mansoor Adayfi (Yemen/Serbia) -
Former prisoner, author of "Don't forget us here", and CAGE's Guantánamo Project Coordinator.
Clive Stafford-Smith (US) - Death penalty and Guantanamo lawyer
Moazzam Begg (Host) -
Former prisoner, author of "Enemy Combattant", and CAGE's Outreach director.
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