Treatment Of Guantanamo Bay Detainees And Human Rights Abuse. Discuss.
This essay shall consider whether violation of human rights of Guantanamo Bay detainees is justifiable given the recent developments of terrorism after 9/11. By human rights, we shall consider these to be those under the most recent Geneva Convention; and abuse to mean mental and physical torture and actions which go against the will of the individual. It will be argued that human rights abuses on Guantanamo bay detainees should, for the most part, be disallowed because they undermine individuals’ liberty and welfare, along with the fact that this treatment is not resolving the war on terror despite sporadic developments.
It could be maintained that the violation of human rights for Guantanamo bay prisoners are acceptable because they can help reveal terrorist plots or identify dangerous and wanted suspects. This is true because many of the detainees in Guantanamo Bay are suspected of terrorist involvement, and such individuals have connections and knowledge that is desirable for U.S. intelligence to crack down on terror and prevent any future attacks. This is a particularly convincing argument, because ensuring the safety of citizens and public buildings through preventing terrorist attacks is important for ensuring their welfare and social stability.
However, I do not believe that such violations of Guantanamo Bay detainees human rights will achieve this aim of ensuring security. This is because, many individuals faithfully sworn to never give in and thus torture will be ineffective, and also the actual evidence for preventing terror through torture is minimal. Thus, supposing even that torture was acceptable – this still wouldn’t reveal significant information for preventing terrorism and thus we should not permit the violation of detainees’ human rights.
Furthermore, the welfare principle is useful in assessing this situation since torture can be extremely debilitating for the...
...THE HUMANRIGHTS ISSUE OF GUANTANAMOBAYHumanrights are the rights that everybody inherently possess. These rights are
protected by various legal principals such as the rules of law and ensure the dignity of
all people. However, humanrights are being violated by countries all over the world,
even by countries such as the United States who have the national strategy. It has been
breaching international covenants and conventions on humanrights with their terrorist
detention camp at GuantanamoBay.
GuantanamoBay is an American Navel base used to permanently incapacitate
approximately 660 detainees from 40 nations, including children. Because the base is
located on Cuban territory, the prisoners are not protected by the American constitution
or judiciary “ it is the obligation of the Judicial Branch to make sure the preservation of
our constitutional values”. These prisoners are held at the detention center in “ legal
limbo, with no access to lawyers or families”. And they are kept to isolate for 24 hours
a day, little outdoor exercise and there was no...
...The United States government has broken its long lasting tradition of protecting humanrights by allowing the mistreatment of prisoners at the Guantanamobay prison on the island of Cuba. America has always symbolized a nation that promotes and protects humanrights and always stood as a symbol of democracy for the rest of the world. However, the long standing tradition of obeying the values instituted by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights has been reversed by GuantanamoBay. The humanrights that the United States stands for have not been provided for the detainees at Guantanamo and the sheer existence of the GuantanamoBay camp contradicts most values and beliefs put forth by the U.S. government, thereby steadily decreasing people’s trust in the word of politicians. The actions at Guantanamo have entailed a negative image towards the United States and a world view that is contrary to the long lasting symbol the United States has stood for. Therefore, closing down GuantanamoBay Prison will efficiently correct the governments' wrongdoing and greatly improve the view of other nations toward the United States.
Despite ongoing media coverage, the GuantanamoBay prison remains a fairly...
...GuantanamoBay Detention Centre
GuantanamoBay is a detention camp in Cuba that holds back and interrogates people who are thought to be terrorists.
Before 2001, the GuantanamoBay detention facility was used for housing refugees from Haiti and Cuba. This became and illegal act after 1993. GuantanamoBay was reopened in 2002 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US. On 11 September 2001 (9/11), four planes were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists. There were over 3000 deaths altogether and this deeply affected United States and the rest of the world.
Effect of the 9/11 Attacks
Safety and security in air transport around the world became stricter following the 9/11 attacks. There were more regulations around what people could bring in and on planes, and anyone suspected of terrorism or involvement with the al-Qaeda organisation (one of the world’s largest terrorist organisations) or the Taliban could be detained in GuantanamoBay without being fairly charged or trialled.
There is a lot of controversy following the reopening of GuantanamoBay. Although it prevents and stops future terrorists, this facility has reportedly abused humanrights laws and is subject to torturing inmates and prisoners cruelly. An example of torture in Guantanamo...
...Dobrovolskiy US History p.7
DBQ Essay 10/30/2014
GuantanamoBayGuantanamoBay detention camp is a United States military prison located at the GuantanamoBay Naval Base in Cuba. It was established in January 2002, the Department of Defense claimed that the prison camp was established to detain extraordinarily dangerous persons, and to interrogate detainees in an optimal setting. The prison has been notoriously known for harsh treatment of prisoners and severe torture. President Barack Obama signed an executive order on January 22, 2009, to close the detention facilities at GuantanamoBay within a year. Five years later, the prison remains open. The prison has been reported on by many countries and organizations for humanrights violations, and is illegal under the Geneva Conventions, which were ratified by the US in the 1950’s.
GuantanamoBay has been noted for having many humanrights violations done against its prisoners. Organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Pentagon, and the FBI have done many investigations into the prison and have reported unlawful practices such as waterboarding, exposing hooded prisoners to loud music, forcing hooded prisoners to endure prolonged exposure to...
...an ongoing battle, a battle between guards and detainees, the pentagon and its own lawyers, the war on terror and the US Constitution, and finally a battle over national security and liberty. This is the battle of the GuantanamoBay Detainment Center. Over the span of three presidential terms our government has been flip-flopping and changing its stance on GuantanamoBay and the issues surrounding it. Although there are hundreds of issues surrounding GuantanamoBay the three most recognizable issues are those of interrogation methods, detaineesrights and trials, and the overall closing of the facility. The overall main problem within our justice system is the inability of our government to come up with a permanent solution, one way or another, for what will become of the GuantanamoBay Detainment Center and the issues surrounding it. By discussing the facts of such controversies, and analyzing both parties perspectives on them, I will create not only, what I believe to be is a fair solution in regards to each controversy discussed, but I will also create a distinct, permanent, and final solution for what should become of The GuantanamoBay Detainment Center and the detainees being held there.
In order for us to fully understand the issues surrounding...
...Vacation at GuantanamoBay
As part of the United States judicial system, GuantanamoBay detention center was formed under the Bush administration, in result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. GuantanamoBay is a detainment facility that the United States designed to detain terrorists, and enemies caught during war. The facility also is used for the U.S. to interrogate criminals, and terrorists with military tactics. This detainment facility is located on a United States naval base in GuantanamoBay, Cuba. The foundation of this center, and others like it provides a sense of homeland security for the Americans, and other surrounding countries.
Being a born and raised New Yorker, the terrorist attacks from 9/11 holds a sentimental value. In result of those attacks, in 2002 the Bush Administration implemented a system of centers specialized for highly dangerous world criminals. The terrorist actions that took place in 2001 hits home for any citizen of New York City. This is why the people demanded the Government to set some sort of retaliation in place. In support of the war declared on terrorism, the bush administration had the support of the Supreme Court to legalize the usage of the camps.
In the United States jails are segregated on different levels, such as jails for juvenile delinquents, psychiatrics, military, minimum, medium, and high security...
...continued use of GuantanamoBay, a corrupt institution, as an interrogation facility provides a great example of their ignorance toward basic humanrights, their unwillingness to release possibly innocent immigrants back to their countries and lastly disregarding the option of altering interrogation methods or the closing of such an institution.
The U.S. being one of the world’s superpowers also infringes uponhumanrights by funding and supporting GuantanamoBay. GuantanamoBay demonstrates the U.S.’s willingness to gain military intelligence at the cost of possible innocent people’s sanity and at times their lives.
Residents at GuantanamoBay are often held without being told about what they are being held for, their right to habeas corpus is withdrawn from them. Also, on average only one in every one hundred and seventy two detainees at GuantanamoBay has been given a trial. In addition, the Pentagon has been reluctant to allow aid agencies like the Red Cross to visit the detainees and inspect their living conditions. The torture at GuantanamoBay is so severe that it caused three residents (Mani al-Utaybi, age 30; Yasser al-Zahrani, age 20; and Ali Abdullah Ahmed, age 37) to commit suicide ....
...Mohammed Al Qahtani has not been charged of any crime, but is apparently being held indefinitely. That is, by any standard, an extraordinary and deplorable situation. In January 2009, a senior official appointed by President Bush's Administration confirmed that charges against him were dropped because he had been tortured.
Mr. al Qahtani's lawyers have been able to review some of the tapes that show aspects of his treatment. Yet President Obama's administration continues to resist all efforts to disclose them to the public, despite a professed commitment to transparency and open government.
On 06 Dec 02, the subject of the first Special Interrogation Plan was forced to wear a woman's bra and had a thong placed on his head during the course of the interrogation.
On 17 Dec 02, the subject of the first Special Interrogation Plan was told that his mother and sister were whores.
On 20 Dec 02, an interrogator tied a leash to the subject of the first Special Interrogation Plan's chains, led him around the room, and forced him to perform a series of dog tricks.
On one occasion in Dec 02, the subject of the first Special Interrogation Plan was forced to stand naked for five minutes with females present. This incident occurred during the course of a strip search.
For 48 days, Mr. al Qahtani was subjected to intense sleep deprivation, allowed to sleep for no more than four hours a day. When he did manage to sleep, he was often awoken with water being poured...