Guantanamo death brings new calls to close prison

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The US marked the 11th anniversary of 9/11 Monday  but little mention was made in US media of the death over the weekend, mostly likely but not for certain by suicide, of Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif. Latif was a 32-year-old from Al Udayn, Yemen who is said by his lawyer to have […]

First court conviction of a Guantanamo Bay jail detainee

Jurors in New York City, USA, convicted Ahmed Ghailani of conspiracy to blow up US government buildings. The charges were related to the Al Qaeda attacks of two US embassies in 1998. Ghailani was acquitted on more than 280 other charges. He is the only detainee transferred from Guantanamo Bay for trial since the US […]

Guantanamo’s youngest detainee to go on trial

The youngest Guantanamo detainee is to go on trial today 10 August. Omar Khadr was arrested when he was fifteen years-old in an Afghanistan battlefield. Khadr is a Canadian citizen, now 23, who according to his defense attorneys, was forced into war by a family with close ties to Osama bin Laden. According to reports, […]

Swiss parliament commission says no to Guantanamo prisoners

Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The commission for political affairs of the lower House of the Swiss Parliament  is recommending to the federal government that the country not accept two Chinese Uighur prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay. The group said Tuesday morning 12 January that its recommendation rests on four arguments, in order of importance. Switzerland […]

Swiss say China warning over Guantanamo Uighurs nothing new

Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The Chinese Embassy in Bern 18 December warned the Swiss government over offers to take two brothers, inmates at the US Guantanamo centre in Cuba, but Bern says it was already clear that China was not happy, and the diplomatic issues were already under review. The Chinese warning surfaced in Swiss […]

Ex-Guantanamo Bay inmate to open NGO in Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Sami Al-Hajj, a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay, is set to open an NGO in Geneva, the Guantanamo Justice Centre, to “raise awareness of the conditions other inmates currently held at Guantanamo are facing and to pressure the US government for their release.”

Youngest Guantanamo prisoner released

Seven years after his arrest in Pakistan, where he was attending a mosque, 21-year-old Mohammed El Gharani, a citizen of Chad, has been released fro Guantanamo Bay and sent home to Chad, his lawyers say. The US government has not confirmed the information. El Gharani was 14 when he was arrested on suspicion of “of […]

Island-nation in Pacific may take 17 Guantanamo prisoners

The US government has been talking to the island nation of Palau, reports CNN, about taking 17 prisoners from Guantanamo, part of President Obama’s plan to shut down the Cuban prison. Palau is a former US trust territory that became independent in 1994. The prisoners under consideration are a Chinese minority group of Muslims, Uighurs. […]

Guantanamo takes centre stage: Obama, Cheney “face off,” inmate to have US trial

The Guantanamo Bay prison on the island of Cuba has been centre-stage this week in the US, with President Barack Obama and former Vice-President Dick Cheney appearing in what NPR describes as “dramatic, back-to-back televised speeches” on the future of Guantanamo and the release earlier in 2009 of classified documents on the use of torture. […]

Swiss justice minister invited to US: UBS, Guantanamo on agenda

Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Switzerland’s Justice and Police Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf will meet US Department of Justice chief Eric Holder, at his invitation, Monday 2 March in Washington, DC. Top of the agenda, according to Bern, is collaborative efforts between the two countries in the areas of combatting the financing of terrorism and organized crime. […]