USA: ‘I am fallen into darkness’ : The case of Obaidullah, Guantánamo detainee now in his 12th year without trial

It is now some eight years since the US administration first committed itself to closing the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay. 166 men are still held there, most of them in indefinite detention without charge or criminal trial. One such detainee is Obaidullah, an Afghan national aged about 19 years old when taken from his home by US armed forces. From his allegations of torture, indefinite detention to hunger strikes, Obaidullah’s experience exemplifies the multiple violations of human rights perpetrated by a country that claims to be committed to international human rights principles.

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