UN: Treatment of Guantanamo Detainees Still “Cruel” New York – According to a UN special rapporteur, the treatment of remaining detainees at the US detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is still deemed “cruel, inhuman, and degrading.”
UN Special Rapporteur Describes Treatment of Guantanamo Inmates as “Cruel and Inhumane” Fionnuala Ni Aolain, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, stated that after two decades of detention, the suffering of the detainees remains profound and enduring. She made these remarks during the presentation of her report to journalists in New York, calling for the closure of the infamous detention center.
UN Special Rapporteur Labels Treatment of Guantanamo Detainees “Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading” Ni Aolain, the first UN special rapporteur to visit the detention facility with official permission from the United States, expressed gratitude for the access granted and acknowledged “significant improvements” compared to previous reports on the conditions.
US-Guantanamo Bay Detention Center Still Holds 34 Prisoners, Says US Defense Department In February, the US Department of Defense announced that, more than two decades after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, there are still 34 detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba. The facility was established during the tenure of former Republican President George W. Bush to hold suspected Islamist terrorists without trial.
Amnesty International Joins Calls for Closure of Guantanamo Bay Facility Following UN Report Following the release of the UN report, which highlighted the ongoing mistreatment of detainees, human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, reiterated their long-standing demand for the closure of the detention center.