Your head is covered in a black hood. You can’t breath, you try to gasp for air, but the air is thin, like a piece of paper. You feel a scratch in your left ear, you try to reach, but you got handcuffs on your hands and legs, with a chain running from your front and back, like an animal. You try to move, but everything hurts. The itch remains, unbearable, like a bad dream. You arrive, but where? It’s hot and dry. They take the hood off. The bright light surprises your eyes, and everything goes white. You squint, everything begins to have color. You arrive in a prison in Pakistan, or Iraq, but when you are kidnapped, who can tell? They might blast you with excruciating music, or hit you in the legs a couple of times, just until they feel your agonizing pain, or hear you scream for your savior, “Allah!” Or why not make you stand up for 4 hours with your hands shackled to the ceiling, or why not all at once? It’s been over 2 months, but it is just the beginning. You are put into another plane, headed to real hell. This is the horrifying road to Guantanamo Bay.
Guantanamo Bay, located in Cuba, was a territory obtained by the U.S.A in the Spanish-American war, where the U.S fought against communism. Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility opened in 2002, after 9/11 shook the United States, and has been home to over 1,000 prisoners, mostly Middle Eastern. The prison was strictly used for counterterrorism, ordered by the Bush administration. Through time Guantanamo has been a symbol for catastrophe. After the prison opened, the interrogation techniques and treatment against prisoners, was considered by many people torture, especially by humanitarian organizations that condemned the prison. Not only was there declaration of maltreatment against prisoners, but there was also an abuse of rights. Including vital rights such as Habeas Corpus, which allows the detainee to acquire a case in a courtroom to challenge their detention, and the international law of the Geneva Conventions, specifically article 3, which specifies the treatment towards Prisoners of War. Detainees captured due to terrorism, considered Prisoners of War by the Bush administration, identified that all of the prisoners had to be awarded the inalienable rights, and of course the mandatory treatment, described as not being, “dehumanizing or humiliating.” That is why Barack Obama committed to closing the facility under his presidency, but it is why inconceivable that he hasn’t yet.
Opened in 2002, Guantanamo Bay prison has been home to various prisoners of war. These prisoners, some of which are innocent, are subdued to a harsh treatment and a violation of rights as established by international law. This is why Guantanamo Bay prison should close immediately, without disregarding the prisoners, who should be transferred to another legitimate prison with the necessary and legal procedures to convict them.
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