Trump signs executive order to keep Guantánamo detention center operating
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Trump signs executive order to keep Guantánamo detention center operating

US President Donald Trump [official profile] signed an executive order [text] Tuesday to continue operations at the Guantánamo Bay detention center.

The order states that the facility is “legal, safe, humane, and conducted consistent with United States and international law.” Trump’s new executive order not only allows for those detained currently to remain detained, but also allows for the US to transport new persons to the facility when lawful and necessary.

Trump’s order revokes the 2009 order from then-president Barack Obama that was intended to close the facility at Guantánamo [JURIST report] and transport detainees to other detention facilities, their home countries or to a third country.

There are currently 41 detainees in custody at Guantánamo.