United Nations and Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) experts too were among those urging Washington to end impunity. “The United States must clean up its own house — impunity only generates more abuses,” the group — which included the UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan E. Méndez — said in a news release.
“Everyone implicated, including at the highest level of authority, must be held accountable for ordering or executing extraordinary renditions, secret detention, arbitrary arrest of civilians and so-called ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ in the name of combatting terrorism,” they said.
All Guantanamo prisoners who are currently not facing military commission charges, but who are not cleared for transfer, have received notice that they will be granted a PRB hearing, a Pentagon official told Al Jazeera.
Al Jazeera understands that this includes so-called “high-value" detainees including Abu Zubaydah, Hambali and Muhammad Rahim al Afghani — but that none of the prisoners have been told of their particular hearing date yet.
In the meantime, al-Shimrani will be dealing with his newfound freedom, albeit via the Saudi re-integration program. It is not an easy journey. “The men who are being released from Guantánamo have now been cut off from society for more than a decade. They need more than just mental and physical rehabilitation, they also need help reintegrating back into society,” said Mustafa Alani, Senior Adviser and the Director of the National Security and Terrorism Studies Department at the Gulf Research Center.
Alani has first-hand knowledge of programs in Saudi Arabia for Guantánamo prisoners, and said that Saudi authorities seek to enable them financially, helping them to find jobs and other work that “respects their dignity” — or to help them get married, he added. “I think this policy is really successful” because their re-settlement into a society “changes the calculations,” he said. These men are all adults now, and they need a reason to live — and there are different routes to help with that, he said.