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It is now more than four years since the first detainees were transferred to the detention facility at the US Naval Base in Guantбnamo Bay, Cuba.
Detainees in Guantбnamo Bay are held in prolonged indefinite detention, which violates a fundamental legal principle: that anyone detained has the right to be promptly brought before an independent judicial officer to challenge the lawfulness of their detention. The President of the United States Mr. George W. Bush has repeatedly asserted that the USA strives to defend and extend a vision of human dignity and uphold the rule of law. For the detainees at Guantбnamo Bay these words ring hollow.
I call on you to close the detention facility and to ensure that all those held in Guantбnamo are immediately released if they are not to be charged and brought to trial in line with standards of fairness. The military commissions violate several provisions of international treaties to which the USA is a state party and cannot provide fair trials in line with international standards They are fundamentally flawed and should be abandoned immediately.
Many detainees in Guantбnamo come from countries which the US government itself has condemned for human rights violations. I therefore call on you to ensure that the USA will not transfer them to a country where they may face further human rights violations.