Mansoor Adayfi on his time at Guantanamo Bay: Satanic rooms, sexual abuse & Israeli personnel (E1092)
On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mansoor Adayfi, author of ‘Don’t Forget Us Here: Lost and Found at Guantanamo.’ He details his time at Guantanamo Bay, including the existence of satanic rooms, sexual abuse, and torture, the presence of Israeli personnel at the prison, Islamophobic abuse by interrogators and more. Mansoor also explains how he was able to cling to hope and daily life in the infamous hellhole.
Statement attributable to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC):
“The ICRC is an independent and neutral humanitarian organization that's visited detainees in Guantanamo Bay for 20 years, to assess conditions of detention and treatment of people. We remain firmly committed to continuing our visits, connecting detainees with their families, and presenting our observations in bilateral, confidential dialogue with the detaining authorities as per our standard way of working. The ICRC uses its exchanges with governments to make clear its concerns and recommendations, and to seek changes when necessary. Guantanamo Bay is no exception.
In Guantanamo Bay, the ICRC meets with any detainee who elects to meet with us and does so in private. These private meetings are key to monitoring treatment, and with the consent of the detainees, we address allegations with the authorities in charge.
The ICRC believes that its policy of direct and confidential representations to the detaining authorities best serves the objective of ensuring that the detainees’ treatment meets the standards set by international humanitarian law. This policy has made it possible for the ICRC to have repeated and regular access to those held at Guantanamo Bay, to engage in dialogue, and to offer humanitarian services, as the only humanitarian organization to have continuously visited since 2002.”