“Disappointment” at continued detention at Guantanamo Bay

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Navi Pillay UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

The UN has said it is disappointed that the Guantanamo Bay detention facility remains open, three years after the US government ordered its closure.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said suspects are being detained in clear breech of international law.

The High Commissioner said Guantanamo detainees should be charged and prosecuted or set free.

Rupert Colville is the spokesperson for the UN office for human rights.

"The message is close it. It has become a very complicated and difficult situation, but you cannot simply ignore the law and people have fundamental human rights, right to a fair trial, the right not to be arbitrarily detained, at the very least there should be a major effort to ensure that human rights standards are observed within Guantanamo. Failure on that front has been to allow independent human rights monitoring of detention conditions for example the UN special rapporteurs have not been permitted to have unsupervised interviews with detainees."

Ms Pillay also says allegations of torture and other human rights  violations at Guantanamo bay should be investigated and perpetrators brought to justice.

Duration 33"

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