The election of Donald Trump as the next US president will have been terrible news for the 60 detainees still unlawfully incarcerated in Guantánamo Bay. In the election campaign, Trump said that he would reverse Obama’s plan to shut Guantánamo. He has declared that he would keep it open and and fill it with “bad dudes”, even if they are US citizens.
Donald Trump has no problem with torture. Responding to a question about waterboarding, he replied “I like it a lot, I don’t think it’s tough enough … I would bring back waterboarding and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse.”
President Obama has only a few days left to fulfil his pledge of eight years ago – to close Guantánamo and end this shameful chapter of US history. All the detainees have suffered a total denial of their human rights and years of abuse and torture. Many are old and infirm, and in need of long-term medical care. Most have been in Guantánamo since it opened nearly 15 years ago. Obama must end this gross injustice. Even President George W Bush wanted to close Guantánamo. Obama must act with urgency and let the remaining prisoners go home to their families before Donald Trump becomes the next commander-in-chief on 20 January.
Worthing, West Sussex
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