De­tainee 1433: Yunus Rehmat­ul­lah

Southasia - - Af-pak justice -

Yunus Rehmat­ul­lah hails from a vil­lage near Quetta, Balochis­tan. In 2004 he trav­eled to Iraq to find work. In early 2005, he was cap­tured by UK forces in the out­skirts of Bagh­dad. He was then handed over to the U.S. mil­i­tary who sent him first to Abu Ghu­raib prison be­fore ren­der­ing him to Ba­gram.

While in de­ten­tion, Yunus’ health has gravely de­te­ri­o­rated. He has shown signs of de­pres­sion and his knee was op­er­ated on for no ap­par­ent rea­son. His fam­ily is very wor­ried for his health and safety. They have been in touch with Yunus since 2009, through let­ters, calls and video con­fer­ences or­ga­nized by the In­ter­na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Yunus Rehmat­ul­lah is a party to the pe­ti­tion filed by JPP in Oc­to­ber 2010 be­fore the La­hore High Court. Yunus has been re­peat­edly cleared for trans­fer to Pak­istan by the De­tainee Re­view Board, a panel of mil­i­tary of­fi­cers which rec­om­mends a de­tainee for con­tin­ued in­tern­ment at Ba­gram, pros­e­cu­tion by the home coun­try, manda­tory par­tic­i­pa­tion in a rein­te­gra­tion pro­gram or re­lease. On Jan­uary 20th 2012, Jus­tice Khalid Mehmood Khan of the La­hore High Court or­dered the Pak­istan Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs to com­mence ne­go­ti­a­tions for the re­turn of Yunus and six other Pak­ista­nis. On Oc­to­ber 31, 2012 the UK Supreme Court held his de­ten­tion to be in vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional law. To this day, he re­mains in U.S. cus­tody not know­ing whether he will ever re­turn to Pak­istan.

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