United States of America: Guantánamo, a symptom of double standards on human rights

Index Number: AMR 51/5441/2017

On 1 January 2017, the USA took a three-year seat on the UN Human Rights Council, after being voted onto this key UN human rights body by the General Assembly late last year. Ten days later – 11 January 2017 – sees the 15th anniversary of detentions at the US naval base at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba, detentions that are entirely antithetical to the Universal Declaration, and indeed the USA’s human rights obligations. Amnesty International continues to call on President Obama, even in the short time left before he leaves office, to meet the promise he made to end the detentions at Guantánamo.

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