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United States of America: Hold the applause on the Guantánamo closure plan

, Index number: AMR 51/2198/2015

On the face of it, it might seem cause for celebration. On 22 July 2015, the White House press secretary said that the administration was in “the final stages of drafting a plan to safely and responsibly close the prison at Guantánamo Bay and to present that plan to Congress.” The plan will most likely include relocating to indefinite detention in military or maximum security facilities on the US mainland those detainees whom the USA refuses to release or prosecute, the ultimate number of whom is as yet unknown. Not to zero, however.

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