Monday, 2 February 2009

Paolo Pellegrin: Guantánamo


From Magnum Photos' In Motion comes a photo essay by Paolo Pellegrin on Guantánamo. This certainly is a topical issue since President Obama announced his administration's decision to close the controversial maximum security camp.

The United States Supreme Court ruled that prisoners held as “enemy combatants” in Guantánamo could file habeas corpus petitions in US district courts challenging the legality of their confinement. Most have been held in the camp under brutal conditions, enduring solitary confinement and torture, for more than six years. None has ever had the merits of his case reviewed by a court of law.

There is talk that some of the prisoners ought to be transferred to Alcatraz, which would be rebuilt, and equipped with the most advanced security systems.