U.N. Group Condemns Torture of the Guantánamo Prisoner Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri


A United Nations human rights panel has issued a damning report that blames america and 7 different nations for the C.I.A.’s “torture and merciless, inhuman or degrading therapy” of a Saudi prisoner who now awaits a demise penalty trial at Guantánamo Bay.

The U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention additionally named as accountable the United Arab Emirates, the place the prisoner, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, was captured in 2002, and Afghanistan, Lithuania, Morocco, Poland, Romania and Thailand, the place he was held as a part of a rendition and interrogation program run by the George W. Bush administration.

The working group, which has no enforcement authority, adopted the 18-page report on Nov. 15 however didn’t launch it till this weekend.

The group referred to as for the fast launch of and compensation for Mr. Nashiri, who’s accused of orchestrating the bombing of the U.S. Navy destroyer Cole off Yemen practically 23 years in the past. It mentioned the Guantánamo struggle crimes court docket, which was devised to prosecute solely non-U.S. residents, deprives Mr. Nashiri of “the honest trial ensures that may ordinarily apply throughout the judicial system of america.”

The discovering is the latest in a series of U.N. investigations condemning the earlier and current treatment of detainees being held at Guantánamo Bay at a time when legal professionals and the Worldwide Committee of the Purple Cross have protested inadequate health care for the last detainees there.

The U.N. our bodies are additionally refocusing consideration on the Pentagon jail, which holds 30 prisoners of the war on terrorism, together with 17 males for whom the Biden administration is in search of international locations to supply them resettlement.

The report could possibly be offered to a sentencing jury of U.S. navy officers in Mr. Nashiri’s case. In October 2021, a navy jury within the case of one other Guantánamo prisoner who was tortured by the C.I.A. urged clemency and referred to as that prisoner’s abuse “a stain on the moral fiber of America.”

U.S. investigations and testimony in Mr. Nashiri’s case present he was waterboarded by psychologists working as contractors for the C.I.A., confined bare to a claustrophobic wood field, and subjected to threats and violence, together with rectal abuse, by company workers members.

His military commissions case has been in pretrial proceedings since 2011. Seventeen U.S. sailors had been killed within the suicide bombing of the Cole in Aden Harbor, and prosecutors argue the case might be tried within the court docket that was created in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, assaults.

Mr. Nashiri’s legal professionals describe him as a torture survivor who suffers from post-traumatic stress dysfunction, melancholy and different circumstances attributed to untreated bodily, psychological and sexual abuse.

A courtroom rendering of Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri throughout his navy commissions arraignment at Guantánamo Bay in 2011.Credit score…Janet Hamlin through Related Press

Mr. Nashiri has extra hearings this month centered on what proof can be utilized at his eventual capital trial. The choose within the case is retiring, and a brand new one is anticipated to take over this summer season.

One in every of Mr. Nashiri’s legal professionals, Katie Carmon, mentioned on Sunday that if Mr. Nashiri had been convicted, the most recent U.N. report could possibly be a foundation for a authorized submitting in search of sentencing credit score as a result of he was subjected to “pretrial punishment” as a prisoner of america.

The U.N. panel requested the international locations to report on any human rights reforms that they had adopted and whether or not they had adopted any of its suggestions.


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