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17 years later, Guantánamo prison remains a threat to human rights

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10 January 2019, 11:15 UTC

The military prison at Guantánamo Bay remains a stain on the human rights record of the United States and continues to present site for ongoing violations as long as it stays open, said Amnesty International USA on the eve of the January 11 anniversary of its opening.  

“When President Trump revoked President Obama’s order to close the military prison at Guantánamo, he opened the door for a whole new era of horrific human rights violations to take place,” said Daphne Eviatar, director of Security with Human Rights at Amnesty International USA.

“While the prison should have been relegated long ago as an appalling chapter in U.S. history, Guantánamo continues to operate 17 years later as a symbol of Islamophobia that embodies the fear-mongering and xenophobia that defines Trump’s presidency.”

It is far too easy to imagine that Guantánamo will continue to serve as the site of ongoing human rights violations under a president who holds the cruel and erroneous belief that torture is acceptable
Daphne Eviatar, director of Security with Human Rights at Amnesty International USA

Guantánamo currently holds 40 Muslim men, many of whom were tortured. Some of these detainees have been cleared for transfer for years, but still remain. Among them is Toffiq al-Bihani, who was among those tortured by the CIA before he was sent to Guantánamo in 2003. He has been cleared for transfer since 2010.

“It is far too easy to imagine that Guantánamo will continue to serve as the site of ongoing human rights violations under a president who holds the cruel and erroneous belief that torture is acceptable. Those who are cleared must be transferred immediately, and all other prisoners should either be charged and fairly tried or released to allow this shameful institution to close permanently.”

Amnesty International USA will join other human rights organizations at a rally in Washington, D.C.’s Lafayette Park tomorrow at 2:30 to call for the closure of the prison.

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Duncan Tucker: duncan.tucker@amnesty.org

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/01/usa-17-years-later-guantanamo-prison-remains-a-threat-to-human-rights/?utm_source=TWITTER-IS&utm_medium=social&utm_content=2074784626&utm_campaign=Amnesty&utm_term=News

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Guantánamo is an abomination against the constitution and is, IMHO, the largest failure of the Bush Jr. Administration.

For me, its and enduring symbol of the stupid shit otherwise intelligent people do when they're scared and the subsequent hubris of not owning up to one's mistakes.

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William Barr, Trump’s Attorney General Nominee, Held Immigrants in ‘HIV Prison Camp’

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Decades before President Donald Trump nominated William Barr to retake the reins at the Department of Justice, Barr used the post to indefinitely detain hundreds of HIV-positive asylum-seekers at a Guantanamo Bay detention center, deemed an “HIV prison camp” by a federal judge who ruled the quarantine to be in gross violation of the U.S. Constitution.

That policy, part of a program that at its peak held more than 12,000 Haitian refugees at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, helped lay the legal groundwork for the indefinite incarceration of “enemy combatants” in the War on Terror—and institutionalized the detention system that President Trump has made a cornerstone of his immigration policy. Barr has since defended the detention of hundreds of HIV-positive asylum-seekers, some of them children, even though the government’s own lawyers admitted at the time that detainees had inadequate medical care.

 

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-attorney-general-nominee-held-immigrants-in-hiv-prison-camp?via=twitter_page

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I thought Obama was going to close it, perhaps that was another broken promise.

Castro charges the US $1 a year to rent that place he has never cashed the rent cheques.

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congress has final say on base closures and while Obama tried his best, he was never able to get enough votes to get rid of guantanamo

relocate the detainees, but keep the base

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2 hours ago, hermetic said:

congress has final say on base closures and while Obama tried his best, he was never able to get enough votes to get rid of guantanamo

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That's the standard apologist excuse. He lied, get over it. 

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