UN Commissioner Disturbed at U.S.’ Failure to Close Guantanamo
HAVANA, Cuba, Jan 23 (acn)
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, urged Washington
to close the prison maintained at the naval base of Guantanamo Bay,
in an illegally-occupied territory of Cuba.
In a communiqué
issued in Geneva and distributed at the UN’s headquarters
in New York, Pillay criticized the U.S. government for the
of a bill entrenching indefinite military detention without
trial, Prensa Latina reported.
President Barack Obama signed on December 31 of 2011, in Hawaii
National Defense Authorization Act which violates fundamental
of justice and human rights, in particular those related with
the right to
have a fair trial and opposing arbitrary detention, the High
Pillay said she was disturbed at the U.S.’ failure to close
Bay, three years after incoming President Barack Obama pledged
to shut the
She warned that the high-security prison camp to exist and
remain arbitrarily detained - indefinitely - in clear breach of
The UN official urged the U.S. Congress to take steps to enable
administration to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, and
human rights violations committed at the Delta Camp must be
“Every effort must be made to hold to account those responsible
development, approval or implementation of coercive
analogous to torture under international law,” she said.
found to have perpetrated, ordered, tolerated or condoned
ill-treatment should be brought to justice.”
At Delta Camp, opened following the 9/11 terrorist attempts in
and Washington, are kept 171 people of a total of 779 who were
in that facility for ten years without right to trial or appeal.
Out of almost 800 detained people, 600 were liberated, eight
and six were condemned by military commissions.