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Guantanamo: 10 years on

January 11, 2012 4:13 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Mike Crockart, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, has today asked the Prime Minister for his support in campaigning for the closure of Guantanamo Bay by the end of 2012.

Mike Crockart MPMike Crockart MPSpeaking in the Commons on the 10th anniversary of the first detainees being moved to Guantanamo Bay, Mike Crockart welcomed a report published by Amnesty International and pressed the Prime Minister, for "his commitment to do all he can to see 2012 as the year this abomination closes".

The report 'Guantanamo: A decade of damage to Human Rights' highlights the 'toxic legacy' the facility is leaving for Human Rights and draws attention to the unlawful treatment of its detainees.

Although President Obama pledged to close the Guantanamo facility by 22 January 2010, there are still 171 men being held at the camp, one of who is a UK resident. 12 of those still held were part of the original group who moved to Guantanamo on the 11 January 2002.

Amnesty International wants an end to indefinite detention at Guantanamo, and will present a petition to Barack Obama on the 24th January, ahead of his State of the Union Address.

Mike Crockart MP, a member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, commented:

"Today's Amnesty Report has once again highlighted the plight of those held at the Guantanamo facility. After 10 years, and broken promises on its closure, enough is enough.

"It is a despicable institution and we must do everything we can to see it closed as soon as possible. That is why I raised the issue with the Prime Minister today and I very much welcome his response."