A shackled protestor wearing an orange boiler suit raises his hands during the 1oth year anniversary of Guantanamo Bay demonstration at Trafalgar Square. Shaker Aamer, Ahmed Belbacha and 171 other prisoners are still held despite the 2008 key campaign issue of the closure of the facility.
On January 11, 2002, the United States brought the first 20 prisoners to the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Over the past decade, the United States has held a total of 779 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, most without charge or trial.
Despite promises by President Barack Obama soon after his inauguration to close the facility within a year, 171 prisoners remain.
About 600 of the 779 detainees have been released and eight have died over the course of the past decade. Six of the deaths were suspected suicides. Fifteen children under age 18 have been imprisoned there.
Ongoing US violations of detainee rights are not limited to Guantanamo. Nearly 3,000 people now held by US forces in Afghanistan have not been afforded the basic rights that even captured enemy fighters are due in a civil war, such as having a judge tell them why they are being detained or being allowed access to a lawyer.
The Guantanamo Bay detention camp (GTMO) is a United States military prison located within Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. Due to the facts that the inmates are detained indefinitely without trial and several inmates were severely tortured this camp is considered as a major breach of human rights by great parts of the world.
The camp was established by the Bush administration in 2002.
Guantanamo, 10 Years On