While relieved over the transfer of one Guantánamo Bay prisoner on Monday, human rights advocates pressed the Biden administration to speed up the pace of its efforts to release or move all other remaining detainees and shutter the offshore facility once and for all.
Daphne Eviatar, director of the Security With Human Rights program at Amnesty International, called Nasser's release a "welcome step" and urged the Biden administration to take further action to end the era of unlawful Guantánamo Bay imprisonments.
"Now we need to see the remaining ten detainees already cleared for release transferred quickly," said Eviatar in a statement. "And we need to see clear plans for shuttering this unlawful facility once and for all. The detention facility has been allowed to stay open for far too long, now holding 39 people for almost two decades, most without charge or trial."
Nasser's continued detention over the past five years since he was cleared for transfer compounded "years of injustice," said Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU's National Security Project.
"Bringing an end to two decades of unjust and abusive military detention of Muslim men at Guantánamo is a human rights obligation and a national security necessity," said Shamsi.
Prisoners who remain at Guantánamo include Toffiq al-Bihani, who was tortured by the CIA after being sent to the prison in 2003 and has yet to be charged or put on trial. Al-Bihani was recommended for a transfer to Yemen or another country by U.S. authorities in January 2010. Amnesty International has been campaigning for his release.
"As we approach the 20th anniversary of 9/11, it is long past time to close Guantánamo and reckon with 20 years of injustice and harm," said CCR.
Republished from Common Dreams (Julia Conley, Staff Writer) under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0).