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Guantanamo Diary author remembered

US Embassy, London, UK. Thu 2 Jun 2016

  

 
 Revealing thoufh SLahi's 'Guantanamo Diary' is, there are still pages that were almost entirely redacted - censored

 by the US authorities. There is so much they have to hide about Guantanamo, a deeply shameful blot on

 US democracy.

 Slahi in the 1990s was a part of US backed activities in Afghanistan against the then communist government

 but claimed to have severed all ties to them in the early 1990s.

 A US Judge ordered he be released in 2010, but the US Dept of Justice appealed the case.

 His memoirs were hand-written in English in 2005-6, and a heavily redacted version was declassified in 2012

 Published in 2015, his Guatnamo Diary became an international best-seller.

 His tortures at Guantanmo included being taken to sea for a mock execution as well as

isolation, temperature extremes, beatings and sexual humiliation.
 
 
      
 

 

 

After protesting outside the US Embassy, some of those present went on to  

protest at Marble Arch, where many more members of the public, mainly tourists, were able to see them 

and take the postcards they were handing out. 

Slahi is one of around 80 detainees still held in Gunatanamo, despite Obama's promise to close it down. 
   

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