Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council call the US government to ensure accountability to violations of human rights in the detention center at Guantanamo Bay
Geneva, March 1, 2016. Six Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council called again for accountability to the human rights violations committed during the fourteen years that the detention center at Guantanamo Bay has been in operation in the Cuban territory illegally occupied by the United States.
In January 2016, upon completion of fourteen years since the creation of this torture center, four of these special procedures submitted to the US government an open letter asking to fully implement its obligations in respect of the International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and to put an end to impunity for violations committed as part of the "war on terrorism".
Now, after the presentation by the US government of a plan to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, these special procedures reiterated the need for all detainees to be charged and tried in ordinary courts, respecting the norms of due process and standards of fair trial. If this is not the case, they call for their release and if appropriate, receive the corresponding compensation.
They reaffirm the need to establish an independent oversight mechanism and investigate, prosecute and convict those who committed torture and other violations of human rights and the international humanitarian law.
The Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment; the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the struggle against terrorism; the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers; the Chairman-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; the Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances and the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, conclude that the closure of the detention center at Guantanamo is an absolute necessity and should be a key priority of the President and the Congress of the United States.
Permanent Mission of Cuba in Geneva.