Amnesty International urges Biden to close Guantánamo Bay and end two decades of human rights abuses

Amnesty International on Friday urged President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to close the Guantánamo Bay detention center and end two decades of human rights abuses.

In response to reports that the Biden administration has launched a formal review of the future of the Guantánamo Bay detention facility, Daphne Eviatar, Director of the Security with Human Rights Program at Amnesty International USA, urged the president to shut down the detention center.

“We are pleased to hear that the Biden administration wants to review the U.S. policy of almost 20 years of indefinite detention without charge of Muslim men at an offshore prison,” Eviatar wrote in a brief statement. “For almost two decades, the United States has denied justice to the hundreds  of men the government has kept detained at Guantánamo Bay indefinitely, without charge or trial. Forty men remain there today. It is long past time to close it down.”

According to Eviatar, “President Biden must commit to finishing what former President Obama failed to do: putting an end to this human rights atrocity by immediately transferring detainees not charged with crimes to countries where their human rights will be respected, providing fair trials to anyone charged, without resort to the death penalty, and finally shuttering this discriminatory and unlawful detention facility once and for all.” 

On January 11, 2021 Amnesty International released a report highlighting what it described as the “ongoing and historic human rights violations at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility.”,

The report called for renewed urgency on this issue, accompanied by a genuine commitment to truth, accountability and remedy, as well as a recognition that indefinite detention at Guantánamo must not be allowed to persist any longer.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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