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Reacting to news that U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has provided the White House updated guidance on criteria for transferring new individuals to the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba, Daphne Eviatar, Director of Security with Human Rights at Amnesty International USA stated:

“Although so far the new policy is secret, the government’s statement suggests it will allow new detainees to be transferred to Guantanamo.  Given the history of torture, unlawful detention and complete lack of justice provided there, no new detainees should ever be transferred to Guantanamo.  The prison should be shut down, and the current 41 detainees still held there either given fair trials or released.”