Guantanamo Bay is an American detention centre located in Southeastern Cuba. The centre holds suspected terrorists. This detention centre has becoming a subject of controversy because of allegations stating that the living conditions violate detainee’s legal rights. Some U.S. authorities have been accused of torture and/or abusive treatment of detainees at Guantanamo. (Source) (Source)
Guantanamo Bay was established in 2002. Within two years of the prison being open, Red Cross, the only outside organisation that had access to the detainees, claimed that the detainee’s mental health was deteriorating. (Source)
Detainees at Guantanamo Bay have little hope of being able to leave the prison, because they are not eligible to be tried by US civilian courts or court martial due to the George W Bush administration. (Source) (Source) Even if the detainees were innocent, they would not be able to prove it in court, and they would be left in the prison.
The Obama Administration has hopes to close the prison. Barrack Obama stated “I will keep working to shut down the prison at Guantanamo: it’s expensive, it’s unnecessary, and it only serves as a recruitment brochure for our enemies.” (Source)
The only problem is that there is no simple way for him to close the prison. He would need to find a place to put the (approximately 100) detainees. Although some of the less dangerous detainees could be sent to other countries, the most dangerous are banned from the United States. This makes it impossible for certain detainees to be held inside of prisons in US. (Source)
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