Wednesday, January 19

Amnesty International urges Biden to close Guantanamo as he approaches 20 years in prison

(Belga) Amnesty International urges US President Joe Biden to close the Guantanamo detention camp in Cuba, which has been operational for 20 years this month.

This camp is synonymous with arbitrariness, injustice and torture, Amnesty expert Sumit Bhattacharyya told DPA. The latter urges Joe Biden to close the camp and to prosecute those involved in any illegal act or torture. The military prison still has 39 inmates. The camp was established under the government of Republican President George W. Bush to detain suspected Islamist terrorists without trial after the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington. His successor, Barack Obama, intended to close Guantanamo, but the US Congress opposed it, while Donald Trump wanted to keep the camp open. To mark the 20th anniversary of the creation of the prison, Amnesty International is planning to organize protest actions on Saturday in various cities in Germany and in other countries. The first detainees were taken to the Guantanamo camp, located on an American military base in Cuba, on January 11, 2002. (Belga)

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