Despite US president Barack Obama promising to close Guantanamo within a year upon taking office, the facility in Cuba still remains open.
Earlier this year, euronews spoke exclusively to several former inmates, including Bisher al Rawi, who said: ‘‘That’s the thing in Guantanamo, you could be innocent, you, they would know that you’re innocent. They’ll tell you face to face that we know you haven’t done anything. You could be cleared through the process that they have in Guantanamo, yet they will still hold you, because sometimes there’s no place to take people.’‘
One former Guantanamo detainee, Omar Deghayes, who is receiving money from the UK government told euronews he was blinded in one eye and had his finger broken.
‘‘I got two fingers pushed into my eyes. And, because I didn’t scream he thought he wasn’t pushing enough. So he continued pushing his fingers into my eyes and the officer who was standing was shouting, more, he was shouting at him because I wasn’t screaming. He was thinking he did not push his hand too much. And, even the guard was screaming because he was saying, I am, I am, because he was pushing too much,’‘ Deghayes said.