UN rights experts call for US to close Guantanamo after suicides Jaime Jansen at 8:01 AM ET
[JURIST] The United Nations [official website] on Wednesday renewed its calls for the US to immediately close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] in the wake of three detainee suicides [JURIST report] last weekend, saying the suicides were predictable because of the conditions there. In a statement [text] issued Wednesday, five UN human rights experts who have been monitoring events at Guantanamo expressed concern about the mental health of the 400-plus detainees at Guantanamo, using the simultaneous suicides to support their contention. A spokesman for the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights [official website] said the US should make closing the base and figuring out what to do with the detainees its highest priority.
3:19 PM ET - A delegation of Afghan officials just back from Guantanamo Bay said Wednesday that conditions were "humane" and that after speaking freely with all 96 Afghan detainees, "only one or two" complaints were lodged. The group of officials spent 10 days visiting the facility. AP has more.
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