Sunday, 15 January 2012

Time Publishes Statistics on Guantanamo

Jan. 11 marked 10 years since the first detainees in the war against al-Qaeda were taken to the U.S. facility at Guantanamo, a slip of land held by the U.S. on the eastern tip of Cuba. Critics decry the murky legality under which hundreds of supposed "enemy combatants" have been held without normal rights of due process. Inquiries found that few detainees have had concrete ties with al-Qaeda.Yet despite earlier promises to shutter the facility, the White House seems prepared to keep it open for years to come.

Number of men imprisoned at Guantanamo by the Department of Defence since the facility was opened on Jan. 11, 2002: 779

Number of men still imprisoned there as of January 2012: 171

Percentage of prisoners at Guantanamo who were never al-Qaeda fighters according to the government: 92%

Percentage of prisoners captured by U.S. troops: 5% 

Percentage of prisoners reportedly turned over to the coalition forces in response to a bounty offer: 86%

Age of youngest prisoner held at Guantanamo: 13

Age of the oldest prisoner at Guantanamo: 98

Number of children the U.S. has imprisoned at Guantanamo: 21

Source: Time

See also The Shame of Guantanamo 10th Anniversary