Biden urged to close 20yr old Guantanamo

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The detention facility at Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base in Cuba was set up after September 11.
Camera IconThe detention facility at Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base in Cuba was set up after September 11. Credit: AP

Human rights watchdog Amnesty International is urging US President Joe Biden to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba which has been operational for 20 years this month.

The camp stands for arbitrariness, injustice and torture, Amnesty's US expert Sumit Bhattacharyya told German news agency dpa in Washington.

Bhattacharyya urged Biden to close the camp and bring people who were involved in torture or other illegal activities there to justice.

The camp now has 39 detainees left. It was established under the government of George W Bush to hold suspected Islamist terrorists without trial after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington DC.

Bush's successor Barack Obama wanted to close it, but failed due to opposition in the US Congress, while Donald Trump wanted to keep the camp open.

Biden, who was Obama's vice-president, is trying to push through with plans to close the facility.

To mark the upcoming 20th anniversary of the opening of the camp, Amnesty International is planning protests in several cities in Germany and other countries on Saturday.

The first prisoners were brought to the Guantanamo camp - located on a US military base in Cuba - on January 11, 2002.

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