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Report on Torture, Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment of Prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. (Rhuhel Ahmed)

In July 2006, The New York Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) published its Report on Torture, Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment of Prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. This report is based on accounts drawn directly from habeas counsels’ unclassified notes reflecting prisoner statements made to counsel during in-person interviews conducted at Guantánamo beginning in the Fall of 2004. Some information for that report was taken also from public sources compiled in Cecili Thompson Williams & Kristine A. Huskey, Detention, Interrogation, and Torture at Guantánamo Bay: Materials and Case Files, a report published by the law firm of Shearman and Sterling LLP in October 2005. The testimony by or about Mr. Rhuhel Ahmed in the CCR report can be found below.

(CCR5) Other prisoners exposed to temperature extremes are John Doe 1 (Afghani), Mr. Ahmed, Mr. Ahmad, Mr. Hassan, Mr. Boudella, Mr. La[h]mar, Mr. Kurnaz, twelve Kuwaiti prisoners, and Mr. Rasul (Center for Constitutional Rights 2006, 18).

(CCR6) Mr. Ruhel Ahmed, one of the British prisoners who first called attention to abuse at Guantánamo, had a need for corrective lenses because of an eye problem that, left untreated, would cause permanent damage. He did not receive the lenses for one and a half years and, when he did, he was not given solution to rinse them. He now has permanent severe damage to his eyes (Center for Constitutional Rights 2006, 23).

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Cecili Thompson Williams & Kristine A. Huskey (2005) Detention, Interrogation, and Torture at Guantánamo Bay: Materials and Case Files. Shearman and Sterling LLP.


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