Maniar, Aisha

Maniar, Aisha

Aisha Maniar

1 December 2009News

One of Barack Obama’s first pledges upon becoming president at the beginning of this year was to close the illegal prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, by 22 January 2010. Now, with only weeks to go before the deadline, this is proving to be easier said than done.

Several dozen prisoners have been released during this year, including two who were captured at the age of 14, yet more than 200 still remain. Their situation is more precarious than ever. The US has been reluctant to…

1 July 2008News

On 24 July 2008, Binyam Mohamed will be 30 years old. Unlike most other people aged 30, on that day, Binyam will have spent one out of every five years of his life in illegal American detention.

Arrested in Pakistan in 2002, he was transferred to CIA custody. A victim of the “extraordinary rendition” programme, he was tortured in Morocco for 18 months, where the torture technique used involved making multiple incisions all over his body with a scalpel, including his penis. Binyam…