CCR and the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) will appear before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) during its 164th session for a merits hearing in our case, Ameziane v. United States.
Djamel Ameziane, an Algerian citizen, was held without charge at Guantánamo Bay prison for nearly 12 years. During his detention was subjected to physical and psychological torture and other human rights violations. In December 2013, he was forcibly repatriated to Algeria, from which he had fled violence in the early 1990s, and where he feared persecution based on several factors including his Berber ethnic minority status.
CCR and CEJIL are asking the IACHR to declare that the U.S. government violated Mr. Ameziane’s human rights and prescribe relief, including access to adequate medical care, financial assistance for basic needs, return of his personal property, and a public apology for what was done to him. If the IACHR rules in favor of Mr. Ameziane, it will be a landmark decision on the right to judicial remedy and reparations for Guantánamo detainees who were subjected to torture and discrimination.
The hearing will take place in Room B.