Monday, January 12, 2004

I've just discovered (via Jessa Crispin) that Nat Hentoff has been writing a series of op-ed pieces (one, two, three, four) in the Village Voice about the ten independent librarians imprisoned in Cuba last year as part of Castro's crackdown on his political opponents. Hentoff promises to continue his scrutiny in coming weeks.

Also: it's two years now since the US government began using its naval base at Guantanamo Bay as a detention camp for what it calls "unlawful enemy combatants". Human Rights Watch has issued a report called Guantanamo Two Years On:

Since January 11, 2002, the U.S. government has sent over seven hundred people picked up from around the world to Guantanamo. Currently some 660 are in detention, including an undisclosed number of children. As the detention camp begins its third year, the public still does not know who the detainees are, what they have allegedly done, and whether and when they will be charged with crimes or released. There have been no hearings to determine the legal status of detainees and no judicial review—in short, no legal process at all.

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