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USA: Broken promises - Failure to close Guantánamo is part of a deeper human rights deficit


On 10 January 2017, there were still 55 detainees at Guantánamo. Two had been held there since 11 January 2002, more than half of them were taken there in the first year of detention operations, and 51 had been held at the base for over a decade. At least 26 were held in
secret US custody – some for years – prior to being transferred to the naval base. Forty-five of the 55 are detained without charge or trial. The other 10 have either faced or are facing unfair trial proceedings by military commission.

On 6 December 2016, President Obama said, “it is past time to shut down the detention facility at Guantánamo”, but a day earlier he had handed his successor a legal and policy framework for indefinite detention. 2 President Obama now has little time left to make good his promise to end the Guantánamo detentions, albeit seven years past his deadline of 22 January 2010. Amnesty International is urging him to fulfil this commitment, and to do so in line with the USA’s international human rights obligations.