Carter calls for Guantanamo Bay shutdown

Carter calls for Guantanamo Bay shutdown

[JURIST] Former US President Jimmy Carter [official biography] closed a two-day human rights conference at the Carter Center [official website] in Atlanta Tuesday by saying that the US should close the Guantanamo Bay military prison camp [press release] and two dozen other secret detention centers in order to show the country's commitment to protecting human rights. Carter's suggestion echoes US Senator Joseph Biden's call on Sunday to close the prison [JURIST report]. In his address Carter also highlighted human rights abuses taking place in other countries such as Indonesia, Chechnya, Colombia, Kenya, Nigeria, and Uzbekistan. The conference was sponsored in conjunction with Human Rights First [official website] (formerly the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights). AP has more.