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Europe and central Asia: European states must follow Portugal and host former detainees

11 Dec 2008
Region: Europe and central Asia
Topic: Fight Against Terrorism and Human Rights
“The EU and European states should show leadership and heed Portugal’s call to put the need to protect Guantanamo detainees who cannot return to their home countries high on the agenda,” said Amnesty International today as it welcomed the Portuguese Foreign Minister’s commitment to offer protection to Guantanamo detainees who cannot return to their countries of origin, calling on other EU states to do the same.
“Governments across Europe should follow Portugal’s bold lead and be part of the solution to end the human rights scandal of Guantanamo,” said Daniel Gorevan, who coordinates the Counter Terror with Justice Campaign at Amnesty International.

Note to Editors
Around 50 of the more than 250 detainees currently held in Guantanamo cannot be sent back to their countries of origin because they would face a real risk of human rights violations such as torture or other ill-treatment. They come from countries including China, Libya, Russia,
Tunisia and Uzbekistan.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
PRESS RELEASE

11 December 2008

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