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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights hopes no more obstacles are put to the closure of the detention center at the Guantanamo Naval Base.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights hopes no more obstacles are put to the closure of the detention center at the Guantanamo Naval Base.

Geneva, 24 February 2016. Fourteen years after the establishment of the Detention Center in Guantanamo Naval Base, Cuban illegally occupied territory by the United States, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights hopes that no more obstacles are put to its final closure, after the presentation by the US Government of the Government Plan for its closure. He also called that, with the implementation of this Plan, no one is detained indefinitely without trial or charges against him.

The High Commissioner said that if there is not enough evidence to charge with a crime the detainees in the Detention Center in Guantanamo, they should be released to their country of origin or to a third country if they are at risk of persecution in their countries.

These comments of the highest United Nations executive official in the field of human rights are in addition to those expressed by four Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council, which last January regretted that 104 detainees still remain in the Detention Center at the Guantanamo Naval Base, despite the US President´s executive order of January 22, 2009, in which its closure was indicated in one year. These Special Procedures called the current US Government to make officials of previous administrations accountable for their actions in accordance with its obligations under the International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.

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