Two of HRF’s experts visited Afghanistan in February of 2011 and report that over 1550 prisoners are being held in a U.S. detention facility at the Bagram air base.
The public does not know their names. Some have been held for as long as eight years. Some detainees were captured outside Afghanistan and rendered to Bagram. Some have been cleared for release by a military review board, but still remain in indefinite detention.
Detainees in Bagram do not have access to lawyers and are frequently detained based on secret evidence they are never allowed to see. A three-member military panel decides their fate: continued detention, release, or transfer for criminal prosecution under Afghan national security law in Afghan courts.
Read our report, Detained and Denied in Afghanistan: How to Make U.S. Detention Comply with the Law or get the story from our interviews with former Afghan detainees: In Their Own Words»