Guantanamo Bay

What’s going on?


The United States’ detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in southern Cuba has held prisoners for over 15 years without charge or trial; most have been tortured and many are extremely isolated and unwell.

President Obama had pledged to close the prison, saying that this potent symbol of War on Terror-era human rights abuses is “not who we are as a country”. But it’s still open, unlawfully holding approximately 41 men. President Trump has now promised to ‘load it up with some bad dudes’.

Reprieve’s founder Clive Stafford Smith was one of the three lawyers who demanded, and successfully sued for, the first legal access to the prison. He subsequently helped to secure the release of 75 men.


What we do:
  • Reprieve US represents a number of detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay without charge or trial – currently 7 men – and provides legal assistance to many more.
  • We led the fight for access to those held at Guantanamo, and were one of the first organizations allowed inside. We have secured freedom for more than 80 men illegally detained – more than any other law firm or NGO.
  • Reprieve US campaigns for the closure of Guantanamo, working to keep it at the top of the political agenda. 
  • Reprieve US provides legal, social and psychological support to former detainees and their families through the ‘Life After Guantanamo’ program, helping them rebuild their lives and live free from official harassment.


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Our Guantanamo work:

Guantanamo 101: a beginner’s guide to America’s illegal prison
‘David vs Goliath’ Litigation – challenging force-feeding ‘torture’
Guantánamo force-feeding timeline
Life After Guantánamo


Our current clients:

Abu Zubaydah
Khalid Qassim
Abdul Latif Nasser
Haroon Gul
Saifullah Paracha


Our freed clients:


Salman Rabei’i
Mohsen Aboassy (aka Abdul al Saleh)
Emad Hassan
Younous Chekkouri
Samir Naji Moqbel
Shaker Aamer
Mohammed El Gharani


How you can help:


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