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    UN Special Rapporteur: “The closure of the Guantanamo prison remains a priority”

    Despite the improvements in the conditions of confinement, Fionnuala Ni Aolain expressed his “concerns about the continuous detention of 30 people and the systematic arbitrariness” that bring “serious insecurity, suffering and anxiety to all without exception”.

    The closure of the US prison in Guantanamo (Cuba) “continues to be a priority,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the fight against terrorism, Fionnuala Ni Aolain, on Monday. , during his technical visit to the US and the detention center.

    In the framework of the visit, the rapporteur received all the requested access to detention centers and detainees. Despite the improvements in confinement conditions identified, he expressed his “serious concerns about the continued detention of 30 people and the systematic arbitrariness” that bring “serious insecurity, suffering and anxiety to all without exception,” reads a UN statement on the matter. .

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    “For many [detenidos]the dividing line between past and present is exceptionally thin, and past torture experiences live on in the present, with no obvious end in sight, including because they did not receive independent, holistic and adequate torture victim and independent rehabilitation “, said Ni Aolain. He added that the totality of inhumane practices in the Guantanamo center “has cumulative and compound effects on the dignity and fundamental rights of detainees.”

    In addition, the official met with repatriated and resettled detainees, as well as their families. She also indicated serious deficiencies in the provision of essential means that ex-detainees need to lead a dignified life. “The vast majority of former detainees continue to experience ongoing human rights violations. Once transferred, they have been left to fend for themselves, vulnerable to hardship, social exclusion, stigma, and government inference. The US government does not have an adequate system to address the welfare of transferees, or the failure of governments to respect their rights,” Ni Aolain stressed.

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    According to the special rapporteur, the US government must assume responsibility for violations of international law, as well as for the victims of terrorism and counterterrorism. “Now is the time to undo the legacies of exceptionalism, discrimination and securitization perpetuated by the continued existence of Guantanamo,” she concluded.

    Source: RT

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