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06/04/2013

UN Human Rights Chief Urges US to Close Guantánamo Detention Centre

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations human rights chief on 5 April 2013 urged all branches of the United States Government to work together to close the Guantánamo detention centre, stressing that the indefinite incarceration of detainees is a clear breach of international law.

**Detainees upon arrival at Camp X-Ray, January 2002 | Shane T. McCoy, U.S. Navy | public domain | Wikimedia Commons

**Detainees upon arrival at Camp X-Ray, January 2002 | Shane T. McCoy, U.S. Navy | public domain | Wikimedia Commons

“I am deeply disappointed that the US Government has not been able to close Guantánamo Bay, despite repeatedly committing itself to do so,said the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay.

According to Pillay’s office (OHCHR), around half of the 166 detainees in the centre have been cleared for transfer to their home countries or third countries for resettlement. However, they have remained there, while others have reportedly been designated for indefinite detention.

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