Closure of Guantanamo Will Advance U.S. Leadership


In response to President Obama’s proposal to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, in part by transferring some of the remaining 91 detainees to prisons in the United States and sending the rest to other countries for trial or resettlement, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“Closing the Guantanamo Bay prison could and should end the indefensible practice of detaining prisoners indefinitely without charges or trial,” said Mark P. Lagon, president. “The United States will be a more effective champion of human rights worldwide by holding itself to the high standards we believe it rightly demands of others.  Indefinite detention at Guantanamo has been a pernicious symbol undermining U.S. credibility on those standards.  We urge Congress to work with the White House on a solution that recognizes security needs while respecting international law.” 

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