My guantanamo diary book review diego sadoun-el glaoui

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As many other people in a world largely influenced by medias, I have too many times heard of ‘Guantánamo’ detention camp. Despite that, my vision of what this word incorporates of frustrations, horror and injustice has revealed to be absolutely erroneous and abstract. This is at least what Mahvish Rukhsana Khan, an American Law student at University of Miami with an Afghan Pashtun backgroundtends to demonstrate in her very first work, My Guantánamo Diary, when relating the non common stories of some detainees she met during her no less than three dozen sojourns at Guantánamo Bay, in Cuba. Indeed, Khan was not expecting to be in close contact with what fairly contrasts with the Basic American Principles of the American Constitution when she first volunteered as an interpreter for pashtospeaking detainees. However, her fight for giving identities to what are no more than serial numbers in Guantánamo, seems to suggest a new definition for what is called ‘American Democracy’.
Thus, Khan offers the readers an introspective vision at the heart of a fortress where no law nor right pervade, and where innumerable breaches to Human Rights end up ‘Classified’. By such testimonies, shedemonstrates that even the most powerful country in this world can return to processes we thought were totally revoked in democratic states. She denounces an almost systematic imprisonment of people for whom there is no evidence suggesting that they are Taliban or Al-Qaeda members. Some of them, like Abdul Matin, a respectable Afghan Science teacher, were ‘arrested wearing a Casio watch’, for theonly reason Casio is the kind of watch terrorists generally use to detonate bombs.
In other words, Khan here insists on a crucial point of her reasoning, according to which, safety regulations that should apply to protect American citizens are clearly different out of the United States borders, from what they are within the territory. Moreover, the story of Abdul Matin as many other Afghans,shows the limits of such automatic responses to what can be considered as a threat for the United States security. Thus, what the author aims to bring into focus is the irony and the lack of coherence of some American regulations which, if summarized, will produce the following statement: Wearing a Casio watch when you are in Middle East can takes you to Guantánamo and enjoy the pleasure reserved by‘Camp Delta Standard Operating Procedure’ and even worse, when wearing the same watch in the United States of America will only helps you to know what time it is...
To fuel such a pleading, the apprentice lawyer then addresses in these pages, another critical where she tempts to draw a relevant problematic. Indeed, the precisely described humiliations, tortures, and inhuman treatments that hadno choice but to endure Ali Shah Mousovi, ‘No.1154’ , an iranian pediatrician, or even Haji Nusrat Khan ‘No.1009’, a eighty years-old paralyzed Afghan, leaves us wondering whether or not the Government of the United States, when attempting to regulate and

therefore control the security of the US citizens, has not worked up violating the more basic international regulations ?
Make a long storyshort, there is no neglect in the Geneva Convention that seem to be missing in the narrated stories of the 19 chapters of My Guantánamo Diary. Mahvish Rukshana Khan achieves to demonstrate and to illustrate how a nation that acts as a model for other countries, and which comes to the rescue of downtrodden and tyrannized lauding democratic values, don’t even give the right to prisoners of war toa fair trial, and this on its own soil. ‘CSRTs are little more than dog and pony shows’. That is her answer to whoever will attempt to refute her conclusions saying that the Combatant Status Review Tribunals is the proof that the US Government gives importance to the Third Geneva Convention. Irrevocably, they are ‘sham, designed to confirm a decision that has already been made’.
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