Guantánamo Public Memory Project

Category: This Week in Guantánamo: Present and Past

This Week in Guantánamo: 2015 and 1994

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July 28th 2015: Reports have emerged of Haitians previously residing in Dominican Republic moving to settlement camps in Haiti along the border with the Dominican Republic. While the residents of the camps have not been formally deported many are moving to these settlement camps in anticipation of August 1st, the day deportations are scheduled to begin. Around…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2015 and 1994

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July 16th 2015:  Cuban President Raul Castro addressed the nation’s National Assembly in a speech calling for a new relationship with the United States. President Castro called for an end to the animosity between the two nations, dating back to the end of the Cuban revolution in 1959. This speech is part of the recent on-going effort to normalize US-Cuba relations. While the…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2015 and 2004

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July 4th 2015: A group of over 90 British politicians, activists, musicians, writers and actors signed an open letter to U.S President Barack Obama urging him to release Shaker Aamer from GTMO. Aamer, a British resident has been detained at GTMO since February 14 2002 shortly after being captured by bounty hunters in Afghanistan who…

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This week in Guantánamo: 2015 and 2006

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June 30th 2015: Security of State John Kerry  announced that attorney Lee S. Wolosky will be taking over the position of Special Envoy for Guantanamo Closure, aka “GTMO closer.” This position, which had been previously held by attorney Clifford Sloan and U.S diplomat Dan Fried was created by President Barack Obama as part of his attempt to…

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This week in Guantánamo: 2015 and 2007

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February 19, 2015: Former GTMO detainee David Hicks wins a legal challenge against a conviction of providing material support for terrorism. His ‘guilty’ finding is dismissed. Hicks describes ongoing medical problems as a result of his time at GTMO. March 30, 2007: David Hicks becomes the first GTMO War on Terror detainee to be convicted.…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2014 and 1995

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November 5, 2014: Fawzi al Odah, a Kuwaiti detainee held at GTMO since it first received War on Terror detainees in 2002, is repatriated to his home country. 148 detainees remain at GTMO. November 1, 1995: The last Haitian refugee held at GTMO leaves the base. This marked the end of the second wave of…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2014 and 1965

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September 24, 2014: A White House spokesperson said that any combatants captured during the offensive against Islamic State insurgents would not be brought to Guantánamo Bay. The question remains, however, of the likely status of any possible captives, as well as where such captives might be kept. September 29, 1965: Fidel Castro opens the port…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2014 and 1994

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August 30, 2014: The U.S. Coast Guard announced that it had repatriated 24 Haitian and 62 Cuban migrants that had been attempting to reach Florida by boat. Many of these had attempted to reach the U.S. on unseaworthy ‘rafts.’ September 9, 1994: In the summer of 1994 the U.S. saw a massive increase in Cuban…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2014 and 2004

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June 18, 2014: A federal judge ordered that the government hand over videos showing a GTMO detainee being ‘forcibly extracted’ from his cell. The detainee, Mohammed Abu Wa’el Dhiab, is understood to be on a hunger-strike, and to be removed from his cell several times each week in order to undergo ‘enteral feeding,’ which has…

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This Week in Guantánamo: 2014 and 1898

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June 1, 2014: The last U.S. soldier held captive in Afghanistan is released by the Taliban, in exchange for five Guantánamo detainees. These detainees, all of which are understood to have connections to the Taliban, had not previously been cleared for release, and faced indefinite detention at GTMO. June 14, 1898: Although the U.S. had…

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