Amnesty urges Biden to close Guantanamo Bay detention camp

Washington DC – Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has urged US President Joe Biden to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba, which has been operational for 20 years this month.

The Guantanamo Bay detention camp has been in operation for 20 years.
The Guantanamo Bay detention camp has been in operation for 20 years.  © IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

The camp stands for arbitrariness, injustice, and torture, Amnesty's US expert Sumit Bhattacharyya told dpa in Washington.

Bhattacharyya urged Biden to close the camp and bring people who were involved in torture or other illegal activities there to justice.

The camp now has 39 detainees left. It was established under the government of Republican President George W. Bush to hold suspected Islamist terrorists without trial after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington DC.

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Bush's successor, Democrat Barack Obama, wanted to close it, but failed due to opposition in the US Congress, while Republican Donald Trump wanted to keep the camp open.

Biden, who was Obama's vice-president, is trying to push through with plans to close the facility.

To mark the upcoming 20th anniversary of the opening of the camp, Amnesty International is planning protests in several countries around the world on Saturday.

The first prisoners were brought to the Guantanamo camp – located on a US military base in Cuba – on January 11, 2002.

Cover photo: IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

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