President of Cuba denounces human rights violations in Guantánamo

Havana, Jan 11 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel denounced  the constant arbitrariness and abuses committed at the US naval base in Guantánamo, in the eastern part of the Caribbean Island, condemned by the international community.

In his Twitter account, the president recalled that «there are already 20 years of scandalous abuses in the illegally occupied Cuban territory in Guantánamo Bay by the greatest violators of human rights in the world.»

This Tuesday it was two decades since the arrival of the first prisoners to the jail established by the United States government in that military base, which Washington maintains in the eastern end of Cuba despite the constant demands of the island’s authorities for their return.

Indeed, UN human rights experts condemned the abuses committed in that prison on Monday.

In a statement, the group of independent rapporteurs of the multilateral organization indicated that implacable and continuous violations of the fundamental guarantees of the detainees are committed in that compound, which constitutes a stain for the Washington government on issues such as the rule of law.

The rapporteurs rejected the arbitrary detentions without trial and the torture or ill-treatment perpetrated in that center.

These are «unacceptable» practices for any government, but particularly for the American who claims to be the protector of human rights, they stressed. In the same way, they repudiated the impunity enjoyed by those responsible for these abuses.

Once again, UN experts called on Washington to close the prison, return the detainees to their homes or to safe third countries.

In 2003, they recalled, the prison housed 700 inmates and two decades later, there are still 39 detainees, of whom only nine have been charged or convicted of a crime.

From 2002 to 2021, nine detainees died in custody, two of natural causes, and seven reportedly committed suicide. None of them charged or convicted of any crime.