January 29, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
US President Barack Obama said Tuesday that 2014 should be the year to close the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as the US shifts away from a "permanent war footing." Obama first pledged to close the detention center five years ago, despite political opposition, and urged congress during his ...[read more]
January 23, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Amnesty International (AI) issued a press release Monday demanding the US close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, calling the prison's continued operation "a prime example of the USA's double standard on human rights." The report focuses heavily on the continued detention of individuals ...[read more]
July 20, 2013
by Andrew Morgan
President Obama advocated for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and civilian trials for the alleged 9/11 conspirators since his election in 2008. Despite initial progress and attempts to release or transfer detainees to third party countries, as of the tenth anniversary of ...[read more]
July 20, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
D uring his 2008 presidential campaign, President Barack Obama began advocating the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and holding civilian trials for detainees. Soon after his November 2008 election, reports revealed that Obama's advisers had already begun working on a legal ...[read more]
June 6, 2013
by G. Redd
The House Armed Services Committee on Thursday approved the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which would keep the detention center at Guantanamo Bay open despite President Barack Obama's renewed statements that he will close it. According to the official summary, "While the NDAA ...[read more]
April 5, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday called for US authorities to close down the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, emphasizing the continued indefinite incarcerations of many detainees as a clear violation of international law. Of the 166 detainees in Guantanamo, about half have ...[read more]
January 22, 2012
by Clay Flaherty
On January 22, 2009, US President Barack Obama issued an executive order directing that the Guantanamo Bay detention facilities be closed "as soon as practicable" and setting a deadline of January 22, 2010. The administration also undertook a review of the military commission process used to ...[read more]
November 12, 2009
by Dwyer Arce
The likely failure to meet the self-imposed deadline for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility is due to several missteps by the Obama administration, according to a report released Tuesday by the Center for American Progress (CAP). In the report, the CAP criticized the White House ...[read more]
June 19, 2009
by Matt Glenn
The US House of Representatives passed a spending bill Thursday that denied the Obama administration's request for $60 million to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center and placed limits on the government's ability to transfer detainees to the US and release detainees to foreign countries... ...[read more]
June 15, 2009
by Christian Ehret
The Council of the European Union and the US jointly released a statement Monday outlining the terms of agreement for EU countries planning to accept Guantanamo Bay detainees. Affirming that the US is primarily responsible for the closure of the detention facility and finding residences for former ...[read more]

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