Wednesday, April 11, 2007


Despite international condemnation, hundreds of people of more than 30 nationalities continue to be held in detention camps at the US Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba: without charge and with little hope of obtaining a fair trial.

No Guantanamo detainee has been convicted of a criminal offence by the USA. Us military investigators, detainees, and others have reported torture and other ill-treatment, and the indefinite nature of the detentions inflicts further cruelty on the detainees and their families.

And here is the full article on Guantanamo Bay from Amnesty International:

Guantánamo: conditions getting worse

Cell in Guantánamo's Camp 6
Cell in Guantánamo's Camp 6
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A new facility at Guantánamo Bay is creating even harsher conditions of extreme isolation and sensory deprivation for detainees, according to a new Amnesty International (AI) report.

Conditions at Camp 6, which opened in December 2006, are described as "cruel and inhuman". Detainees are confined for 22 hours a day to individual, steel cells with no natural light and minimal human contact. No activities are provided, with detainees subjected to 24-hour lighting and constant observation by guards.

According to the Pentagon, 165 men had been transferred to Camp 6 within a month of its opening. Many were previously held in Camp 4, where detainees lived communally in barracks with access to a range of recreational activities. Camp 4 is now reported to house just 35 detainees, down from 180 in May 2006.

Despite the US authorities describing Camp 6 as a "state-of-the-art modern facility" that is "more comfortable" for detainees, the conditions appear more severe than the most restrictive levels of "super-maximum" custody in the US. There is growing concern they could have a serious adverse effect on the psychological and physical health of many of the detainees.

A further 100 detainees are held in solitary confinement at Camp 5, while there may be as many as 20 on Camp Echo, a facility set aside from the others where conditions have been described as "extremely harsh". In all, it appears that 80 per cent of detainees are held in isolation.

AI is calling for Guantánamo to be closed and for detainees to be brought to fair trial, or else released. In the meantime, the US government must take immediate steps to improve conditions in the camp.

For the full report, see:
USA: Cruel and inhuman – Conditions of isolation for detainees in Guantánamo Bay

For more information about AI's campaign to Close Guantánamo, visit

The song in the video is " Forever Young " by ALPHAVILLE & here are the lyrics:


Lets dance in style, lets dance for a while
Heaven can wait were only watching the skies
Hoping for the best but expecting the worst
Are you going to drop the bomb or not?

Let us die young or let us live forever
We don’t have the power but we never say never
Sitting in a sandpit, life is a short trip
The music’s for the sad men

Can you imagine when this race is won
Turn our golden faces into the sun
Praising our leaders were getting in tune
The music’s played by the madmen

Forever young, I want to be forever young
Do you really want to live forever, forever and ever

Some are like water, some are like the heat
Some are a melody and some are the beat
Sooner or later they all will be gone
Why don’t they stay young

Its so hard to get old without a cause
I don’t want to perish like a fading horse
Youth is like diamonds in the sun
And diamonds are forever

So many adventures couldn’t happen today
So many songs we forgot to play
So many dreams are swinging out of the blue
We let them come true


Love you too,


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