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Obama’s Real Legacy at Guantánamo

As Barack Obama’s second term as US president comes to an end, much has been said and written about his achievements, or in the case of the Guantánamo Bay prison … Continue reading

January 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Crime and Punishment? Prosecutions of Former Guantánamo Prisoners in Europe

All European citizens held at Guantánamo were released by 2005. None were ever prosecuted. Since their return to Europe, however, some have faced persecution and prosecution. Below is an alphabetical … Continue reading

September 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

Former Guantánamo Prisoners Convicted in Belgium

Two former Guantánamo prisoners were convicted in Belgium by the Brussels Criminal Court on Monday, July 18 2016, one on terrorism-related charges. The two men, Moussa Zemmouri, 38, a Belgian … Continue reading

July 22, 2016 · 5 Comments

A Significant Blow to Deportation with Assurances

Some things only look better on paper. Take, for example, diplomatic assurances not to torture deported terrorism suspects, given by states that are already bound not to torture as signatories … Continue reading

May 6, 2016 · 1 Comment

French until Proven Terrorist

In the wake of a wave of attacks in the French capital on the evening of 13 November that killed 129 people and injured over 350 others, the French president … Continue reading

November 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

10 Years of Deportation with Assurances: A National Security Imperative?

Buried in the basement of Field House, off Chancery Lane in London, where the Upper Tribunal hears asylum and immigration appeals, is the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC), a special … Continue reading

September 4, 2015 · 3 Comments

Obama closed Bagram, so why not Guantánamo?

With less than 18 months before the end of Barack Obama’s term as US president, the question of whether or not he will be able to keep his key election … Continue reading

August 14, 2015 · 2 Comments