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Ghazy v. Bush

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Detained at Guantánamo since 2002, when he was a juvenile; Cleared for transfer since 2007   

Fahd Ghazy, approx. 16 yrs old  

Fahd Ghazy is a Yemeni-national who has been detained at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba since February 2002 when he was only 17 years old. He is one of the last remaining prisoners to have been detained as a juvenile. Fahd was cleared for transfer by President Bush in 2007, and again by the Obama administration in 2009. He is now 29 years old and has spent over one-third of his life in Guantánamo without charge.

Letters from Guantánamo Bay: Fahd Ghazy from Center for Constitutional Rights on Vimeo.


Fahd Ghazy withdrew his pending habeas petition, Ghazy v. Bush, in U.S. District Court in 2009. Cleared in 2007, he had every reason to believe that his transfer would be imminent. Years later he remains detained at Guantánamo.


Fahd was born on May 2, 1984 in a small village outside of the Yemen's capital. He was married in his early teens and had a daughter, Hafsa, shortly after his 17th birthday. Fahd was an ambitious student. He attended the Al-Najah primary and secondary school in the district near his home, and graduated first in his class. Those results won him a scholarship to attend university, news of which he received while already imprisoned in Guantánamo.

Despite his treatment and the length of his detention, Fahd continues to prepare himself for his release. He has mastered English while at Guantánamo and he reads voraciously – all in the hope that one day he will be able to secure a good job and provide for his family. Fahd is now 29 years old.



Huffington Post, Collective Punishment by Nationality: The Plight of Guantanamo's Yemenis (October 28, 2013)

Global Journal, Guantánamo: The Endgame? (May 21, 2013)

The Guardian, How Guantánamo's horror forced inmates to hunger strike (May 4, 2013)

Huffington Post, Obama's Yemen Problem (March 30, 2009)

Letter of Jo Becker and Joanne Mariner of Human Rights Watch to Attorney General Eric Holder (March 25, 2009)


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