Bagram: Who is Still Being Detained?

“After a while I lost all hope that I would ever leave Bagram. I accepted that I would never be free.”

Jibran, ex-detainee from Bagram[1]                              

This statement reflects the longstanding problems with the indefinite detention at Bagram. In the immediate aftermath of the September 11th attacks, many individuals were captured by US forces to obtain information and restore the nation’s security. Today, there are over 50 people detained by the United States at Bagram with no release date in sight. The <Read More>


Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs v. Rahmatullah

In October, 2012 the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom considered whether a detainee captured by British troops and handed over to the military forces of the United States in Iraq may be returned by habeas writ to the U.K.[1] The detainee could not be produced by writ of habeas corpus, the court concluded, as the U.K. no longer exercised sufficient control over the prisoner.[2]

In 2004, British forces detained Yunus Rahmatullah, a Pakistani citizen, in a region <Read More>


When Are Afghan Detainees Captured After March 9, 2012 Being Transferred? Part II

Part II- The U.S. Point of View and Multiple Interpretations of the MoU

In Part I, I discussed the signing of the MoU and the response of Afghan officials to the issue of detainees captured after March 9, 2012. Now, let us turn to the position of U.S. and allied officials.  The fact is that the U.S. continues to “process a steady stream of prisoners caught in night raids,”[1] and the U.S. <Read More>


What Will become of the Foreign Detainees Held in the Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan?

What Will become of the Foreign Detainees Held in the Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan?

Following the September 9,2012 detainee transfer into Afghan custody the United States continues to hold 50 non-Afghan detainees in the American-controlled facility in Bagram and that number may increase.[1] The 50 men are accused of being “Al-Qaeda militants” and are from “Pakistan, Arab countries and Central Asia.”[2] U.S. officials do not wish to comment on whether they were caught in Afghanistan or elsewhere.[3]

These men are not covered <Read More>