Among the numerous human rights violations that take place in Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp, one that is less focused on is the violation of the right to expression. Detainees on the base make artworks in the form of paintings, poetry, sculptures, and more, but as soon as prison authority finds it or is made aware of it, the work is taken away and immediately classified so that no one outside the base may see it. It can be argued that this is a violation of the human right number 19, the right to self-expression. Within this issue, there is another when it comes to the right to property (human right number 17), because detainees create their art on styrofoam cups and toilet paper and pass these objects between each others' cells; the objects could be referred to as the property of the detainees, and not that of the US government. In the research to follow, the violations of human rights numbers 17 and 19 by the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp will be analyzed in order to bring to light the violation of the right to self-expression and property among the other human rights violations that take place in the Camp.
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Schuster, Natalie, "Self-Expression in Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp" (2020). Research Days Posters Spring 2020. 82.