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Gitmo detainee repatriated to Mauritania after 14 years in custody

Gitmo prisoner freed after 13 yearsA Mauritanian citizen held at Guantanamo Bay for 13 years despite never being accused of a crime and being cleared for release years ago by the U.S. government was finally repatriated to his home country, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

Ahmed Ould Abdel Aziz, 45, was told in 2009 by an inter-agency review task force created by the Obama administration that it no longer believed that that he needed to be detained in the U.S. prison camp. Yet there he remained, along with 53 other detainees who have also been cleared for release, out of a total 113 who remain at the controversial detention facility.


Oz: Israel's prison for Palestinian children

Israeli prison for children Since the beginning of October, hundreds of young men from Jerusalem have spent the night in Oz - not the magical fairy-tale land, but a police station in Jabal al-Mukaber.

Like the rest of occupied East Jerusalem, the neighbourhood is mired in neglect and has become a scene of regular clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli security forces. Those who come to Oz arrive in military vehicles, handcuffed and blindfolded.


Court denies request to block Gitmo force-feeding videos

Court denies blocking of force feedingA federal judge on Tuesday denied the government’s effort to prevent the release of secret videotapes of a former Guantanamo Bay detainee being forced out of his cell and fed against his will.

The decision from Judge Gladys Kessler of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia serves as a win for civil liberties advocates and critics of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, who have long pushed for the release of the videos.


Hundreds of UK academics announce boycott of Israeli universities

343 academics support BDSHundreds of British academics said Tuesday that they would boycott contact with Israeli universities over the state's "intolerable human rights violations" towards Palestinians.

The announcement, entitled "A commitment by UK scholars to the rights of Palestinians," was printed as a full-page advertisement in The Guardian newspaper.


FBI Agents Accused Of Torturing U.S. Citizen Abroad Can't Be Sued

FBI agents can't be sued for tortureFederal agents who illegally detain, interrogate and torture American citizens abroad can't be held accountable for violating the Constitution.

A divided federal appeals court on Friday tossed the lawsuit of a U.S. citizen who claimed the FBI trampled his rights for four months across three African countries while he was traveling overseas.

In so many words, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the man, Amir Meshal, couldn't sue the federal government for such violations, and punted the issue to someone else.


ACLU sues Pa. over mentally ill detainees

ACLU sues Pa. over mentally disabledThe American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing  the state of Pennsylvania to seek relief for hundreds of accused criminals who have been deemed mentally ill but haven’t received timely psychiatric treatment in prison, where they await trial.

The ACLU of Pennsylvania, which brought the lawsuit on Wednesday, says that due to an administrative backlog many of the detainees have spent hundreds of days in prison without adequate mental health care.


In rare admission, US says evidence against ex–Gitmo inmate was unreliable

Gitmo prisoner evidence unreliableThe U.S. government has, in a seemingly rare admission of intelligence failing, stated publicly that its central allegation against a former Guantánamo prisoner turned out to be unreliable and was withdrawn in 2011.

Younous Chekkouri was repatriated to Morocco last month after languishing at the controversial detention camp in Cuba since 2002. He is currently detained in Salé prison, near Rabat, awaiting a decision over his release.


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