US approves release of five more Guantanamo detainees jail news

Five men from Yemen, Somalia and Kenya are among 39 prisoners still held by the United States at the notorious facility in Cuba.

U.S. approves release of five more prisoners Guantanamo Bay military installation, although that doesn’t mean they’ll be leaving the controversial prison anytime soon.

three out of five detainee The men were from Yemen, one from Somalia and one from Kenya, according to documents posted online by the U.S. Department of Defense this week.

Collectively, men spend 85 years in prison open twenty years ago Detainees of the so-called “War on Terror” following the 11 September 2001 al-Qaeda attack.

39 of those currently in custody U.S. factory in Cuba, 18 have been approved for publication following case reviews in November and December. The 18 men have not been charged with any crime, according to AFP.

Infographic showing Guantanamo Bay detainees by country.(Al Jazeera)

The five newly released men are: Somali Guleed Hassan Ahmed (also known as Guled Hassan Duran); Kenyan Mohammed Abdul Malik Bajabu; and Omar Muhammad Ali al-Rammah, Moath Hamza al-Alwi and Suhayl al-Sharabi Yemen.

Hassan Duran will be the first detainee to be brought to Guantanamo from a CIA black site and recommended for release, according to his lawyers, New York Times reports Tuesday.

The Pentagon’s periodic review board found that all five men did not or no longer posed a threat to the United States.

But like others granted release, their ability to leave prison may be delayed because Washington seeks arrangements Accept them with the detainee’s home country or another country.

Currently, the U.S. will not deport Yemenis because civil war In that country or Somalis, their homes are also mired in conflict.

Infographic showing 780 detainees held at Guantanamo Bay[Al Jazeera]

Release of approval shows President Joe Biden’s administration is accelerating efforts to resolve The remaining 39 Guantanamo prisoners, after his predecessor Donald Trump effectively froze operations.

Tuesday marked the 20th anniversary of the prison’s opening and brought International human rights organization reiterates its call for close it. Human rights groups accused the United States of arbitrarily detaining hundreds of people at the time and torturing dozens more.

Of the 39 men still being held at Guantanamo, 27 have not been charged with a crime, Human Rights Watch reported.

On Monday, a group of UN human rights experts call for washington To “end an ugly chapter of relentless violations of human rights”.

Those detainees facing trial, including the September 11 mastermind, wrote on the Lawfare website, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, can be tried in U.S. civilian courts rather than the secretive and troublesome military committee system.

“Now that the U.S. war in Afghanistan is over, it’s time to close the gates of Guantanamo once and for all,” Feinstein said.

Infographic on the positions of the past four U.S. presidents on closing Guantanamo Bay([Al Jazeera]

Guantanamo defense lawyers say some still in jail Mental Health Problems that make it difficult to justify release or arrange future life in the country or elsewhere.

Khalid Ahmed Qasim’s case came under review in December, although the Pentagon’s reviewing authorities admitted he was not a significant al Qaeda or Taliban figure and did not pose a major threat. He was still refused release.

But they said he would often fail to obey prison officials and lack plans for the future if he was released. The committee “encourages detainees to make immediate efforts to demonstrate better compliance and better emotional management,” it said.

It also asked his lawyers to develop a plan “on how his mental health would be managed if he were transferred” from Guantanamo.

In the 20 years since Guantanamo opened, the United States has spent more than $540 million a year detaining prisoners there, according to Human Rights Watch.