PRESS RELEASE United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights reiterates the call for closure of the detention center in Guantanamo Bay.
Geneva, 10 March 2016. Addressing the 31st regular session of the Human Rights Council, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said that the US detention center at Guantanamo Naval Base is a synonym of abuse and denial of due process guarantees; while expressing the hope that the new plan for closure is finally implemented and puts an end to the shocking practice of indefinite detention without charges or trials held.
In his speech, the High Commissioner asked the US government to end impunity for serious violations of human rights and international law committed in the center.
In the last three months, both the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and several special procedures of the Human Rights Council, have made repeated statements calling for the closure of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay and those responsible of torture and other human rights violations committed over fourteen years brought to justice.
Also in the context of the 31st session of the Human Rights Council, several civil society organizations held a side event entitled "Close Guantanamo or move it north." With the presence of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, the call to the closure of the detention center was reiterated and the return of the territory illegally occupied by the Guantanamo Naval Base to Cuba was claimed.
Permanent Mission of Cuba in Geneva