At a Glance
Fahd Ghazy's 2005 habeas petition was voluntarily withdrawn without prejudice in 2009. He was cleared for release in 2007 and informed he would be released as soon as diplomatic arrangements could be completed, and cleared a second time in 2009, yet he remains detained at Guantanamo.
One enduring and pernicious myth about the men detained at Guantánamo is that they were all sent to the prison after being captured on the battlefield by U.S. forces in order to neutralize the threat they allegedly posed. Nothing could be further from the truth. The vast majority of Guantánamo detainees were ensnared in a slipshod bounty-system in which the U.S. military paid handsome cash rewards to locals for turning over anyone who seemed out of place. In other instances, the men were simply handed over to the U.S. military by local police forces.
CCR client Fahd Ghazy, just 17 years old when he was detained, is one of those unfortunate souls. He is one of the last remaining men at Guantanamo to have been detained as a juvenile. After 13 years at Guantánamo, the U.S. government has failed to find a basis to bring a single charge against him. Cleared for transfer by both President Bush in 2007, and again by the Obama administration in 2009, he is now 30 years old and has spent over one-third of his life languishing in Guantánamo.
Ghazy v. Bush is the habeas petition the Center for Constitutional Rights filed on his behalf in 2005 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. It was voluntarily withdrawn without prejudice in 2009.
Fahd’s continued detention is the result of a failure on the part of the Obama administration, like the Bush administration before it, to act on its own determination that Fahd should be released. Prospects for Fahd’s release are complicated by his Yemeni citizenship. Most of the men at Guantanamo are from Yemen, and the Obama administration has largely refused to repatriate or resettle them, including the 47 who, like Fahd, are cleared for release. In response to this impasse, CCR has focused its advocacy on capturing the remarkable, tragic human story of Fahd’s experience growing up at Guantanamo. One tool for raising awareness about Fahd’s story is the original short film “Waiting for Fahd”, which reveals the impact of indefinite detention on both the prisoners and their families through interviews with Fahd’s family in Yemen.
At CCR we believe that telling the human stories of our clients, including the many men we represent at Guantanamo, and empowering the public to share these rarely told stories is the key to reaching decision-makers in the U.S. government who control Fahd’s fate.