Guantánamo Bay lingers, hanging like an odious smell, but calls for professional accountability are breaking through. Medical personnel who took their place inside interrogation cells are now being questioned about their conduct. Whatever political cover existed under the torture-marred reign of the Bush/Rumsfeld/Blair triad has now gone.
I want to abolish a management myth. Although only a mere A&E doctor, I do actually have an awareness of time. It is an essential element within patient care, drummed in from early student days. Time is the enemy.
Actor Essam Edris reads the testimony of a man we can only identify as Detainee Z. He is 42 years old and has lived in the UK for 18 years. He was detained in 2005 and has been denied access to any evidence held against him.
Actor Lewis al-Samari reads the testimony of an Algerian man we can only identify as Detainee Y. He was kept in prison for almost 5 years without charge and without access to the evidence against him
Here's irony for you. Five monologues based on five men living under deportation orders broadcast online, through the Guardian, one a day over a week. But none of the men featured will be able to watch them.
A film of five statements by prisoners held without charge under UK prevention of terrorism laws first read at a Parliamentary Meeting entitled Britain's Guantanamo hosted by Dianne Abbott in March 2009. a film by Andy Douglas and Nick Baker. Producers Saleyha Ahsan and Jackie Chase.
Pangea Day - May 10, 2008: A Global Film Event Harnessing the Power of Film to Inspire and Compel Social Change
Saleyha Ahsan won a place on the 2007 Bridging the Gap scheme run by the Scottish Documentary Institute which resulted in her short film, My Mother's Daughter.