Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Children of Gitmo

Abdul Salam Ghetan

The UC Davis Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas released today a study of the Guantanamo files recently made public by Wikileaks. The report can be found here:

In a nutshell, the report finds that military documents now in the public domain acknowledge that fifteen children were imprisoned, at some time or another, at Guantánamo. This is three more than the twelve the State Department acknowledged to the public after our earlier report on the subject, and seven more than the eight the State Department reported to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

In short, military documents recently wikileaked indicate that the number of children that have been imprisoned at Guantanamo is one-and-a-quarter times what the State Department has admitted to the public and almost twice as many as it reported to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

For the Documents - The Wikileaked Testimonies here

"Journey of Death" Rendition Logs here and other Reports here

Sent to those concerned and following the abuses of Gitmo prisoners

With best wishes,


Almerindo E. Ojeda, Director
Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas
University of California at Davis or GO here
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George Orwell's dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four,
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  1. How about this for crazy - same title but an entirely different sort of film. Of course these children of Gitmo staff deserve a happy life but what a contrast to the kind of life lived (or slowly dying) the young imprisoned and staffed by their parents (probably many young themselves)

    Coincidently I see it's the same title as my blogpost: Children of Gitmo-
    in this case a Documentary Short Film

    4 min - Oct 1, 2010 - Uploaded by AFEchannel
    Watch this behind-scenes documentary short following Los Angeles entertainment troope, "The Party Animals" as they travel to Gitmo to ...

    More videos for the children of gitmo »
    Elderly, children and mentally ill incarcerated in Gitmo - Elderly, CHILDREN and mentally ill incarcerated in Gitmo ... were in many cases “senile old men,” children, and sometimes mentally ill. ... - for Apr. 25, 2011

    The Children of Guantánamo - by William FisherFeb 6, 2009 ... The other "child soldier" still at Gitmo is Omar Khadr. ... appears deaf to the entreaties of UNICEF and other advocates for children."

  2. 06/03 / Amnesty International / Document: Aiming for execution, denying fair trial and a number of others on Gitmo always and especially found last few days here: