Friday, September 09, 2005

Guatanamo Shame

Four weeks ago several hundred prisoners held illegally in the US lager started a hunger strike in order to protest against the shocking conditions and daily humiliation. Recently, however, the majority of these prisoners started eating again when Donald Rumsfeld promised them that in 10 days, the administration would bring the prison into compliance with the Geneva conventions.

Last week, however, it emerged that this was a simple trick and that there is in effect no plan to change matters. Prisoners will continue to be humiliated both sexually and psychologically, detainees will still be beaten, and most importantly they will not have the access to the legal help or human rights watchdogs that even the worst murderers and rapists in normal jails enjoy. Because of this, over two hundred prisoners have started their hunger strike once again and are ready to slowly starve to death.

Binyam Mohammed, a former London schoolboy, held at Guatanamo Bay stated:
"It is now August 11. They have betrayed our trust (again). Hisham from Tunisia was savagely beaten in his interrogation and they publicly desecrated the Qur'an (again). Saad from Kuwait was ERF'd [visited by the Extreme Reaction Force] for refusing to go (again) to interrogation because the female interrogator had sexually humiliated him (again) for 5 hours _ Therefore, the strike must begin again."

It is a wonder that after the initial disgust and anger showed by the international press and by common people the world over, five hundred people are still being incarcerated in a sadistic internment camp without the protection of international law and human rights standards.

It seems to me that the US, with its war on terror, is sinking ever deeper in to a policy of illegal torture, barbaric wars and indiscriminate terror. Furthermore I cannot see how us Europeans, and especially our governments, can continue parroting bullshit about our special relationship with the US and continue stating that we share a common way of seeing the world.
The European Union recently rejected a proposal to terminate our arms embargo on China due to human rights issues. I see no reason why this same argument cannot also be used vis a vis the constant US violations we see every day in order to justify, for example, disbanding NATO.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree with you. Fuck the USA!

1:15 pm  

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