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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: USA: Guantanamo must be closed immediately

22 Jun 2007
Region: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Topic: Fight Against Terrorism and Human Rights
In reaction to the US administration's postponed meeting regarding thefuture of the detention centre at Guantanamo Bay, including the possibilityof its closure, Amnesty International said:
"Yesterday's cancelled meeting about the future of the detention centre atGuantanamo Bay should be rescheduled as a matter of priority. Every daythat this prison camp remains open is a day too many."

"It is more than a year since President Bush first said he would like toclose Guantanamo. While there are undoubtedly challenges to closing thefacility, the solution in principle is simple, and the government must turnits energies to this end. It should either charge the detainees withrecognizable criminal offences and bring them to trial in the ordinarycivilian courts, or it should release them with full protections againstfurther abuses. Other governments should do all they can to bring an end tothis human rights scandal and actively consider accepting releaseddetainees."

For more information, including Amnesty International's framework for theclosure of the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay, please see:United States of America: Justice delayed and justice denied? - Trialsunder the Military Commissions Act (Page 69)http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGAMR510442007

AI Index:AMR 51/110/2007
22 June 2007

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