Washington, October 9 (RHC)-- U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel appointed lawyer Paul Lewis his special envoy to prepare the closure of the prison camp at the US Naval Base, in the illegally occupied Cuban territory of Guantanamo.
In 2009, President Barak Obama promised the closure of that concentration camp in as international protests rose over flagrant abuses and violations of prisoners’ rights at the jail.
Last April, President Obama renewed his promise in the midst of a hunger strike in which many prisoners were forcibly fed despite their protests.
Paul Lews has worked as attorney for the Democrat minority in the House Armed Services Committee, where he dealt with the Guantanamo base affairs.
He will assume his new post in Guantanamo as of November first to supervise the transfer of foreign prisoners detained in Guantanamo to other U.S. military dungeons in other parts of the world.
Currently, at least 164 prisoners of different nationalities are illegally behind bars in the Guantanamo Naval Base, with many of them staging a prolonged hunger strike against their detainment.
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