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Seeing State Secrets: The Significance of Abu Zubaydah’s Self-Portraits of Torture

In piece for the ezine Jadaliyya, Dr Hedi Viterbo, along with Lisa Hajjar, explain how the drawings offer alternative ways of thinking about tourture

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Abu Zubaydah, the first so-called “high-value detainee” captured by the US in its "war on terror," has been held captive at Guantánamo since 2006. He has documented his experiences of torture in self-portrait drawings, published in the last two years. Dr Hedi Viterbo, Lecturer in Law at Queen Mary University of London, and Lisa Hajjar explain how these drawings offer alternative ways of thinking about both the practice and the concealment of torture.

Read the full piece on Jadaliyya website.