Andy Worthington

Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by Macmillan in the US, and available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK). To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to his RSS feed (he can also be found on Facebook and Twitter). Also see his definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, updated in January 2010, and, if you appreciate his work, feel free to make a donation.

United Kingdom flag
United Kingdom flag


UK Human Rights Groups Dismiss Rendition And Torture Inquiry As Whitewash – OpEd

Nine human rights groups in the UK are boycotting the official British inquiry into the treatment of “detainees” in the “war on terror” and the UK’s involvement in rendition, “grievously undermining the controversial inquiry,” as the Guardian described it. The nine groups, who have written a critical letter to Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee, stating […]

Guantanamo
Guantanamo


Disappointment As US Judge Upholds Force-Feeding Of Hunger Striking Guantánamo Prisoner Abu Wa’el Dhiab – OpEd

On Friday, in the latest twist in the legal challenge mounted by Abu Wa’el Dhiab,  a hunger striker at Guantánamo, District Judge Gladys Kessler, in Washington D.C., disappointed Mr. Dhiab, his lawyers and everyone who wants personnel at Guantánamo to be accountable for their actions by denying his request “to significantly change the manner in […]

Guantanamo. File photo by United States Navy.
Guantanamo. File photo by United States Navy.


Fawzi Al-Odah Freed From Guantánamo, Returns Home To Kuwait – OpEd

Congratulations to the Obama administration for arranging for Fawzi al-Odah, one of the last two Kuwaiti prisoners in Guantánamo, to be sent home, a free man, on the day after the US mid-term elections — although he will be held in Kuwaiti custody for a year and required to take part in a year-long rehabilitation […]

Canada flag
Canada flag


Omar Khadr Urges Canadian Government To Respect Law While Dealing With National Security Issues – OpEd

In the wake of last week’s attacks in Ottawa by a lone gunman, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who killed a soldier at the National War Memorial and also attacked Parliament Hill, and another attack in Quebec, where a warrant officer was run over and killed, the word “terrorism” has been used liberally, and the Canadian government has […]

Barack Obama
Barack Obama. File photo.


12 Nobel Peace Prize Winners Tell President Obama To Reveal Full Details Of US Torture Program And To Close Guantánamo – OpEd

Yesterday (October 27), 12 Nobel Peace Prize winners, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, sent a powerful and important letter to President Obama – himself a recipient of the prize — calling for him to disclose in full “the extent and use of torture and rendition by American soldiers, operatives, and contractors, as well as the authorization of […]

Barack Obama
Barack Obama. File photo.


Is President Obama Planning Executive Order For Closure Of Guantánamo? – OpEd

I wrote the following article for the “Close Guantánamo” website, which I established in January 2012 with US attorney Tom Wilner. Please join us — just an email address is required to be counted amongst those opposed to the ongoing existence of Guantánamo, and to receive updates of our activities by email. Last Thursday, out […]