End 14 Years Of Injustice

Prisoners: Who's Still Held?

779 prisoners have been held at Guantánamo since the prison opened on January 11, 2002. Of those, 678 have been released or transferred, one was transferred to the U.S. to be tried, and nine have died, the most recent being Adnan Latif, in September 2012. 91 men are still held, and 34 of these men have been recommended for release by high-level governmental review processes.

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146 of the 779 prisoners have been released under President Obama, and although no prisoners were released for 15 months from January 2011, two Uighur prisoners (Muslims from China's Xinjiang province) were released in April 2012, another man, Ibrahim al-Qosi, who was given a two-year sentence after a plea deal in July 2010, was released in July 2012, and in September 2012, Omar Khadr, a former child prisoner, was transferred to Canada to serve the rest of the sentence he negotiated as part of plea deal in October 2010.

In August 2013, following a promise to resume releasing prisoners that President Obama made in May, after the majority of the remaining prisoners had embarked on a hunger strike to remind the world of their plight, two Algerians -- cleared for release in January 2010 by the inter-agency Guantánamo Review Task Force that President Obama established when he took office in January 2009 -- were released, and in December 2013 two more Algerians were repatriated -- although these two men didn't want to go home -- and two Saudis were then released.

These releases were then followed by the repatriation of two Sudanese prisoners -- Noor Uthman Muhammed, as the result of a plea deal in February 2011, and Ibrahim Idris, who had been cleared for release by the task force, but whose eventual release was ordered by a judge after the Justice Department failed to contest his habeas corpus petition, accepting that he was severely mentally ill.

At the end of 2013, three more men were given new homes in Slovakia -- the last of the 22 Uighurs (Muslims from China's oppressed Xinjiang province) whose release into the U.S. had been ordered -- but then overturned -- by a judge in October 2008.

In March 2014, another Algerian -- Ahmed Belbacha -- was repatriated, and on May 31, 2014, five Taliban prisoners were released, in Qatar, and under supervision, in exchange for the release of the sole U.S. prisoner of war in Afghanistan, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network since 2009.

In November 2014, Fawzi al-Odah, one of the last two Kuwaitis in Guantánamo, was freed, and, also in November 2014, six more prisoners were released -- three Yemenis were given new homes in Georgia, a Yemeni and a Tunisian were resettled in Slovakia, and a Saudi was repatriated.

In December, six more men were released -- four Syrians, a Palestinian and a Tunisian -- who were accepted as refugees in Uruguay, and four Afghans were repatriated, and the very end of the year five more men -- two Tunisians and three Yemenis -- were given new homes in Kazakhstan.

In January 2015, another five men -- all Yemenis -- were resettled. Four of the men were sent to Oman, while the fifth was sent to Estonia, and in June 2015 another six Yemenis were resettled in Oman. In September 2015, a Moroccan was repatriated, and also a Saudi, who was a long-term hunger striker, and at the end of October a Mauritanian was repatriated, and Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison, was released and returned to the U.K. On November 13, five Yemenis were released, and given new homes in the United Arab Emirates.

As 2016 began, two Yemenis were released, and given new homes in Ghana, Fayiz al-Kandari, the last Kuwaiti in the prison, was released, as was a Saudi, and ten Yemenis were given new homes in Oman. On the eve of the seventh anniversary of President Obama's promise to close the prison within a year (on January 22), it was announced that two more men had been freed -- an Egyptian in Bosnia, and a Yemeni in Montenegro.

As noted above, 91 prisoners now remain in Guantánamo, although it is important to remember that 24 of these men, like the majority of the men released in the last three years, were cleared for release in 2009 by President Obama's Guantánamo Review Task Force, and they are listed below. The identities of 56 men cleared for release by the task force were made available in a document released by the Department of Justice in a court case in September 2012, and this information is also included.

17 more men, recommended for ongoing detention by the task force, were cleared for release between January 2014 and January 2016 by Periodic Review Boards, convened to reassess the cases of those recommended by the task force for ongoing detention, or, in some cases, for prosecution. Two of them, Fawzi al-Odah and Muhammad al-Zahrani, were released in November 2014, a third was released in September 2015, a fourth in November 2015 and three others in January 2016, so ten of these men are still held, making a total of 34 cleared prisoners in total who are still held.

On June 17, 2013, the Department of Justice, in response to a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request, finally released the "Final Dispositions" of the Guantánamo Review Task Force, revealing the identities of the 30 other cleared prisoners (all Yemenis, and all recommended for "conditional detention," because of security fears regarding their home country), as well as the identities of 33 men recommended for trials, and 46 others recommended for indefinite detention without charge or trial. These recommendations, which we discussed here, have been added to the list below.

In March 2014, we also added information about 25 men who had been recommended for prosecution by the task force in 2010, but in April 2013 had been determined to be eligible for Periodic Review Boards. We wrote about this here, based on a list obtained through FOIA legislation by Jason Leopold of Al-Jazeera. Please note that all the prisoners recommended for continued detention are also supposed to receive PRBs.

Please also note that the numbers before the men’s names are their ISN numbers (the “Internment Security Numbers” by which they are identified in Guantánamo).

  1. 027 Uthman, Uthman Abdul Rahim Mohammed (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention and possible transfer to detention in the U.S., but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013; also see: "The Seven Guantánamo Prisoners Whose Appeals Were Turned Down by the Supreme Court"
  2. 028 Al Alawi, Muaz (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013, his review took place in September 2015, and he was recommended for ongoing imprisonment in October 2015; also see: "The Seven Guantánamo Prisoners Whose Appeals Were Turned Down by the Supreme Court," "Voices from the Hunger Strike in Guantánamo" and "War Is Over, Set Us Free, Say Guantánamo Prisoners; Judge Says No"
  3. 029 Al Ansi, Mohammed (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention and possible transfer to detention in the U.S., but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  4. 030 Al Hakimi, Ahmed (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  5. 031 Al Mujahid, Mahmoud (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention by the task force, he was determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013; his review took place in November 2013 and he was approved for release by a Periodic Review Board in January 2014
  6. 033 Al Adahi, Mohammed (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  7. 037 Al Rahabi, Abdul Malik (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention by the task force, he was determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013; his review took place in January 2014 and he was recommended for continued detention by a Periodic Review Board in March 2014; a second review took place in November 2014 and he was approved for release in December 2014
  8. 038 Al Yazidi, Ridah (Tunisia) Cleared for release
  9. 039 Al Bahlul, Ali Hamza (Yemen) Convicted pre-Obama, and given a life sentence, although that conviction was overturned on appeal; see "Ali Hamza Al-Bahlul, David Hicks and the Legal Collapse of the Military Commissions at Guantánamo"
  10. 040 Al Mudafari, Abdel Qadir (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  11. 041 Ahmad, Majid (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  12. 044 Ghanim, Mohammed (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  13. 063 Al Qahtani, Mohammed (Saudi Arabia) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  14. 091 Al Saleh, Abdul (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  15. 115 Naser, Abdul Rahman (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  16. 128 Al Bihani, Ghaleb (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention by the task force, he was determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013; his review took place in April 2014 and he was approved for release by a Periodic Review Board in May 2014
  17. 131 Ben Kend, Salem (aka Salem bin Kanad) (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention by the task force, he was determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013; his review took place in April 2014 but he was recommended for continued detention in May 2014
  18. 153 Suleiman, Fayiz (Yemen) Cleared for release
  19. 167 Al Raimi, Ali Yahya (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  20. 178 Baada, Tareq (Tariq Ba Odah) (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"; also see: "Skeletal, 75-Pound Guantánamo Hunger Striker Tariq Ba Odah Seeks Release; Medical Experts Fear For His Life"
  21. 189 Gherebi, Salem (Libya) Cleared for release
  22. 223 Sulayman, Abdul Rahman (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  23. 235 Jarabh, Saeed (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention and possible transfer to detention in the U.S., but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013, his review took place in January 2015 and he was approved for release in March 2015
  24. 240 Al Shabli, Abdullah (Saudi Arabia) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  25. 242 Qasim, Khaled (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013, his review took place in February 2015 but he was recommended for ongoing detention in March 2015
  26. 244 Nassir, Abdul Latif (Morocco) Recommended for continued detention, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  27. 249 Al Hamiri, Mohammed (Yemen) Cleared for release; also see: "From Guantánamo, An Innocent Man Pleads for Release"
  28. 257 Abdulayev, Umar (Tajikistan) Cleared for release
  29. 309 Abdal Sattar, Muieen (UAE) Cleared for release
  30. 321 Kuman, Ahmed Yaslam Said (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  31. 324 Al Sabri, Mashur (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013, his review took place in March 2015 and he was approved for release in April 2015
  32. 434 Al Shamyri, Mustafa (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  33. 440 Bawazir, Mohammed (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  34. 441 Al Zahri, Abdul Rahman (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013, his review took place in September 2015 and he was approved for release in October 2015
  35. 461 Al Qyati, Abdul Rahman (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  36. 498 Haidel, Mohammed (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  37. 508 Al Rabie, Salman (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013, his review took place in July 2015
  38. 509 Khusruf, Mohammed (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  39. 522 Ismail, Yasin (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention and possible transfer to detention in the U.S., but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  40. 550 Zaid, Walid (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  41. 560 Mohammed, Haji Wali (Afghanistan) Recommended for continued detention and possible transfer to detention in the U.S., but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  42. 566 Qattaa, Mansoor (Saudi Arabia) Cleared for release
  43. 569 Al Shorabi, Zohair (Yemen) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  44. 576 Bin Hamdoun, Zahir (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention and possible transfer to detention in the U.S., he was determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013; his review took place in December 2015, and he was approved for release by a Periodic Review Board in January 2016
  45. 682 Al Sharbi, Ghassan (Saudi Arabia) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  46. 685 Ali, Abdelrazak (Algeria) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  47. 694 Barhoumi, Sufyian (Algeria) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  48. 695 Abu Bakr, Omar (Omar Mohammed Khalifh) (Libya) Recommended for continued detention, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013, his review took place in June 2015, and he was approved for release in September 2015
  49. 696 Al Qahtani, Jabran (Saudi Arabia) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  50. 702 Mingazov, Ravil (Russia) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  51. 708 Al Bakush, Ismael (Libya) Recommended for continued detention, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  52. 728 Nassir, Jamil (Yemen) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"
  53. 753 Zahir, Abdul (Afghanistan) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013; also see: "Prisoners in Guantánamo Ask to be Freed Because of the End of the War in Afghanistan"
  54. 760 Slahi, Mohamedou Ould (Salahi) (Mauritania) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013; also see: "A Tale of Two Guantánamos: Mohamedou Ould Slahi's World of Torture vs. the Senate's Terrorist Fantasies"
  55. 762 Obaidullah (Afghanistan) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013; also see: "U.S. Investigation in Afghanistan Clears Obaidullah, an Afghan Still Held in Guantánamo," "Voices from the Hunger Strike in Guantánamo" and "Prisoners in Guantánamo Ask to be Freed Because of the End of the War in Afghanistan"
  56. 768 Al Darbi, Ahmed Mohammed (Saudi Arabia) Recommended for prosecution by the task force, he was charged and accepted a plea deal in February 2014, even though he had been determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  57. 836 Saleh, Ayoub Murshid Ali (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  58. 837 Al Marwalah, Bashir (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  59. 838 Balzuhair, Shawki Awad (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  60. 839 Al Madhwani, Musa’ab (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013; also see: "The Seven Guantánamo Prisoners Whose Appeals Were Turned Down by the Supreme Court"
  61. 840 Al Maythali, Hail Aziz Ahmed (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  62. 841 Nashir, Said Salih Said (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  63. 893 Al Bihani, Tawfiq (Saudi Arabia) Cleared for release but held in "conditional detention"; also see: "The Seven Guantánamo Prisoners Whose Appeals Were Turned Down by the Supreme Court"
  64. 975 Karim, Bostan (Afghanistan) Recommended for continued detention and possible transfer to detention in the U.S., but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013; also see: "Prisoners in Guantánamo Ask to be Freed Because of the End of the War in Afghanistan"
  65. 1017 Al Rammah, Omar (Zakaria al-Baidany) (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention and possible transfer to detention in the U.S., but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  66. 1045 Kamin, Mohammed (Afghanistan) Recommended for continued detention, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013, his review took place in August 2015, which led to him being recommended for release in October 2015; also see: "Prisoners in Guantánamo Ask to be Freed Because of the End of the War in Afghanistan"
  67. 1094 Paracha, Saifullah (Pakistan) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  68. 1119 Hamidullah, Haji (aka Ahmid Al Razak) (Afghanistan) Recommended for continued detention and possible transfer to detention in the U.S., but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013; also see: "Prisoners in Guantánamo Ask to be Freed Because of the End of the War in Afghanistan"
  69. 1453 Al Kazimi, Sanad (Yemen) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  70. 1456 Bin Attash, Hassan (Saudi Arabia) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  71. 1457 Sharqawi, Abdu Ali (Yemen) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  72. 1460 Rabbani, Abdul Rahim Ghulam (Pakistan) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  73. 1461 Rabbani, Mohammed Ghulam (Pakistan) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  74. 1463 Al Hela, Abdulsalam (Yemen) Recommended for continued detention and possible transfer to detention in the U.S., but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  75. 10011 Al Hawsawi, Mustafa (Saudi Arabia) Recommended for prosecution, he was charged and pre-trial hearings are underway
  76. 10013 Bin Al Shibh, Ramzi (Yemen) Recommended for prosecution, he was charged and pre-trial hearings are underway
  77. 10014 Bin Attash, Waleed (Saudi Arabia) Recommended for prosecution, he was charged and pre-trial hearings are underway
  78. 10015 Al Nashiri, Abd Al Rahim (Saudi Arabia) Recommended for prosecution, he was charged and pre-trial hearings are underway
  79. 10016 Zubaydah, Abu (Palestine-Saudi Arabia) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  80. 10017 Al Libi, Abu Faraj (Libya) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  81. 10018 Al Baluchi, Ammar (Ali Abd Al Aziz Ali) (Pakistan-Kuwait) Recommended for prosecution, he was charged and pre-trial hearings are underway
  82. 10019 Isamuddin, Riduan (Hamlili) (Indonesia) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  83. 10020 Khan, Majid (Pakistan) Recommended for prosecution, he accepted a plea deal in February 2012
  84. 10021 Bin Amin, Modh Farik (Zubair) (Malaysia) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  85. 10022 Bin Lep, Mohammed (Lillie) (Malaysia) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  86. 10023 Dourad, Gouled Hassan (Somalia) Recommended for continued detention and possible transfer to detention in the U.S., but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  87. 10024 Mohammed, Khalid Sheikh (Pakistan-Kuwait) Recommended for prosecution, he was charged and pre-trial hearings are underway
  88. 10025 Malik, Mohammed Abdul (Kenya) Recommended for continued detention, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  89. 10026 Al Iraqi, Abd Al Hadi (Iraq) Recommended for prosecution and charged, even though he had been determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  90. 3148 Al Afghani, Haroon (Afghanistan) Recommended for prosecution by the task force in January 2010, but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013
  91. 10029 Rahim, Muhammad (Afghanistan) Recommended for continued detention and possible transfer to detention in the U.S., but determined to be eligible for a Periodic Review Board in April 2013