UN experts say after 20 years of running ‘ugly’ Guantanamo prison, US must close it down

UN experts say after 20 years of running 'ugly' Guantanamo prison, US must close it down

A group of the United Nations experts have strongly urged the US to act on its promise to close down its detention center at Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay, calling the facility’s 2002-present period of operation “an ugly chapter of unrelenting human rights violations.”

The demand came in a statement released by more than a dozen independent UN human rights experts on Monday.

The undersigned voiced outrage that the military prison was still in operation two decades after being set up under Washington’s self-proclaimed “war on terror” campaign.

“Twenty years of practicing arbitrary detention without trial accompanied by torture or ill-treatment is simply unacceptable for any government, particularly a government which has a stated claim to protecting human rights,” the UN experts said.

The experts called on the US Government to close the site, return detainees home or to safe third countries while respecting the principle of non-refoulement, provide…

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