USA: Who are the Guantánamo detainees? Case Sheet 23: Maher Rafat al-Quwari
In 2001 Stateless Palestinian Maher Rafat al Quwari decided to travel to Pakistan, via Iran and Afghanistan, to obtain identification papers from the United Nations. In Afghanistan he was captured whilst fleeing for safety following the US invasion. He was transferred to Guantánamo in July 2002. Declared eligible for release in February 2007, he remains detained as he has no residency papers and no country to return to. Amnesty International urges other governments to give active consideration to accepting him if he seeks resettlement there.