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Prisoners Held at U.S. Guantanamo Naval Base in Legal Limbo

Havana, November 21 (RHC)-- More than ten years after their arrest thousands of miles away, suspects of terrorism imprisoned at the Guantanamo military jail, in southeast Cuba, are still in a legal limbo that prolongs the solution to their illegal situation

The U.S. Senate rejected on Tuesday –with a vote of 52 to 46 --a bipartisan amendment to facilitate the move of the prisoners to U.S. soil or to a third country for their release. The Senate decision also rejected a proposal to stop any transfer of the detainees for a period of one year.

President Barak Obama promised last May to detail a deadline for moving the prisoners to nations that have agreed to receive them, a decision that would cover more than half of the 164 illegal detainees.

The Guantanamo military jails, described as an infamous “hole” by experts in Human Rights, was opened in 2002 shortly after the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

The illegal prison came recently under public scrutiny again as a result of a massive hunger strike by the prisoners, that lasted several months. Still today, some prisoners are illegally forced-fed in the no less illegal military jail.

Several human rights organizations around the world have asked President Obama to close the Guantánamo military prison, a steady violator of human rights.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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