Uzbekistani detainees at Guantanamo Bay

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On May 15, 2006 the United States Department of Defense acknowledged that there have been 7 Uzbek detainees held in Guantanamo.[1] The Guantanamo Bay detainment camps were opened on January 11, 2002 at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, in Cuba. The Bush administration asserted that all detainees taken in the "global war on terror" could be held there, in extrajudicial detention, without revealing their names. So far as the detainee's families and friends would know, they would just disappear.

However, the Associated Press had filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the names of all the detainee. The Department of Defense filed justifications for why they should not be obliged to release the information the Associated Press requested. They justified keeping the information secret not to protect the United States "national security", but merely because they were concerned to protect the detainee's privacy.

The Department of Defense exhausted their legal appeals and were forced, by a court order, to release the identities of all the Guantanamo detainees.

List of Uzbeks who the DoD has acknowledged they have held in Guantanamo[edit]

isn name arrival
date
departure
date
notes
22 Shakhrukh Hamiduva 2002-01-14 2009-09-27
  • Child refugee.[2]
  • Claims abuse in custody.
84 Ilkham Turdbyavich Batayev 2002-02-07 2006-12-15
452 Oybek Jamoldinivich Jabbarov 2002-06-16 2009-09-27
  • Transferred to Ireland with another Uzbek on September 26, 2009.[4]
454 Mohammed Sadiq Adam 2002-02-07 2004-03-14
  • Transferred from Guantanamo on March 14, 2004.[5]
455 Ali Sher Hamidullah 2002-06-18
  • Acknowledged fleeing Uzbekistan and settling in Afghanistan, with his family.
  • Cleared for release on December 23, 2005.
672 Zakirjan Asam 2002-06-08 2006-11-17
675 Kamalludin Kasimbekov 2002-06-14 Held
  • Allegedly trained at an Afghan military camp.[10]
  • Inadequate transcript – only two of at least half a dozen allegations were recorded in the transcript.

On September 26, 2009, the Department of Justice announced that three men were transferred from Guantanamo.[11][12] One of the men was Yemeni detainee Alla Ali Bin Ali Ahmed, who was repatriated to Yemen. The two other men were transferred to Ireland. Their names were withheld. Reuters reported that Ireland had previously inquired into taking two Uzbek detainees.

On September 27, 2009, the Associated Press reported that one of the two men was "31-year-old Oybek Jabbarov".[4] Dermot Ahern, the Minister of Justice, asked reporters to respect the men's privacy.

Switzerland accepted one former Uzbekistani detainee on January 26, 2010.[13][14] His name was withheld.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ list of prisoners (.pdf), US Department of Defense, May 15, 2006
  2. ^ Summarized transcripts (.pdf), from Sahkhrukh Hamiduva's Combatant Status Review Tribunal - pages 70-80
  3. ^ Summarized transcripts (.pdf), from Ilkham Turdbyavich Batayev'sCombatant Status Review Tribunal - pages 47
  4. ^ a b Shawn Pgatchnik (2009-09-27). "2 Uzbeks from Guantanamo prison arrive in Ireland". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2009-09-27. 
  5. ^ OARDEC (2008-10-09). "Consolidated chronological listing of GTMO detainees released, transferred or deceased". Department of Defense. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  6. ^ Summarized transcripts (.pdf), from Zakirjan Asam's Combatant Status Review Tribunal - mirror - pages 1-14
  7. ^ "Guantanamo Bay Detainees Classified as "No Longer Enemy Combatants"". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2007-02-04. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  8. ^ Gabriel Haboubi (March 23, 2007). "Ex-detainees claim abuse after US tribunal ruled them not 'enemy combatants'". The Jurist. Retrieved 2007-04-01. 
  9. ^ Matt Apuzzo (March 22, 2007). "Detainees: We're Not Enemy Combatants". Associated Press. Retrieved 2007-04-01. 
  10. ^ Summarized transcripts (.pdf), from Kamalludin Kasimbekov's Combatant Status Review Tribunal - pages 36-45
  11. ^ "Three Guantanamo detainees sent to Ireland, Yemen". Washington Post. 2009-09-26. Archived from the original on 2009-09-26. 
  12. ^ "Obama administration transfers 3 Gitmo prisoners as January closure deadline is in doubt". Taragana. 2009-09-26. Archived from the original on 2009-09-26. 
  13. ^ Carol Rosenberg (2010-01-26). "4 more Guantánamo detainees sent to Europe, 3 to Slovakia". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  14. ^ "First Guantánamo inmate arrives in Switzerland". Swissinfo.ch. 2010-01-26. Retrieved 2010-01-26.