The military prison at Guantánamo Bay represents grave violations of human rights by the U.S. government. As it enters its 20th year of existence as a center for indefinite detention, it continues to hold 40 Muslim men, most without charge, none having received a fair trial. Many, like Toffiq al-Bihani, were tortured by the U.S. government. Six of the detainees, including al-Bihani, have been cleared for transfer to other countries yet remain behind bars.
At the beginning of his presidency, former President Trump signed an executive order to keep the military prison at Guantánamo Bay open. Now, President Biden has an opportunity to end this ongoing abuse of human rights by closing the detention center once and for all.
Amnesty International has released a new report highlighting ongoing and historic human rights violations at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility, as detentions there enter their 20th year and as a new President prepares to enter the White House. Check out the full report, entitled USA: Right the Wrong, Decision Time on Guantánamo.