7 July 2015
The human rights violations, arbitrary imprisonment, torture and abuse that, are being committed behind the walls of the prison in Guantanamo, are some of the issues that will be discussed in the next edition of the Rototom Sunplash Social Forum, in a debate with the participation of the journalist and photographer for Al Jazeera Sami Al-Hajj, who was imprisoned for seven years in the US navy base located in Cuba and the president of Amnesty International in Spain, Alfonso Sánchez Ramírez.
The director of the Al Jazeera Centre for Human Rights and Public Liberties (Qatar), Sami Al-Hajj was detained in 2001 while working and imprisoned in Guantanamo for seven years. Finally, after 480 days on hunger strike, he was released without charges on May 1, 2008. After his release, on numerous occasions he denounced the situation of abandon and abuse that the prisoners of Guantanamo are suffering, before the institutions of the United Nations.
For his part, Alfonso Sánchez, who in April 2014 was elected president of Amnesty International, began collaborating with the organization in 2006 and has carried out functions in the area of training and education in human rights and communication. He has also supervised different work areas within the organization as for instance its work with migrants or the victims of state violence, or the violence of armed groups.