Detainees held within Guantanamo Bay have been subjected to appalling treatment throughout their daily lives. In the past, they were forced to undergo questioning about their suspected connections to terrorism using enhanced interrogation techniques tantamount to torture. Despite having evidence to prove torture occurred, the United States utilizes a policy of enforced unaccountability to cover up the human rights violations that took place. Since classified information about United States torture policy has been made public by whistle blowers in the past decade, foreign governments have attempted to prosecute the United States officials who took part in the torture program. This work will demonstrate the treatment detainees at Guantanamo Bay were subjected to and the international community's response to that treatment. I will utilize documents pertaining to the attempts made by foreign governments--specifically, Germany, Italy, and Spain--to prosecute United States officials for torture to explore the possibility of the perpetrators receiving punishment for their crimes. This project will further the research into the treatment Guantanamo detainees were subjected to, emphasizing the difference between United States courts and foreign courts, and will lay out the possibility of a trial in a foreign court for the human rights abuses committed in Guantanamo Bay.
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Dunn, Erin, "Exploring the Possibility of Foreign Prosecution in Regard to the Treatment of Detainees in Guantanamo Bay" (2020). Research Days Posters Spring 2020. 20.