This report addresses the human rights situation of detainees held at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a facility that has become a symbol of abuse around the world. IACHR has closely followed the situation through different mechanisms and has repeatedly called for the immediate closure of the detention facility. As a further and hopefully final step in the monitoring of the situation, the IACHR issues this report in which it provides an assessment of the current situation from a human rights perspective as the basis to issue recommendations designed to assist the State in taking the steps necessary to close the facility. 3. The report, following a rights-based approach, focuses on three main areas of concern. First, it addresses the major issues surrounding the detainees' right to personal integrity. The report then examines the detainees' access to justice and whether the judicial remedies available are adequate and effective. This chapter also assesses how military commissions operate in practice and the important challenges faced by detainees when exercising their right to legal representation. It further addresses the exclusive application of a separate regime to foreign Muslim men, an issue that presents an apparent targeting of individuals in relation to nationality, ethnicity and religion. Finally, the report looks at the various legal and political aspects involved in taking steps toward the closure of the detention facility and acknowledges some recent steps taken by the Executive. This chapter assesses the current situation of the three categories of detainees currently held at Guantanamo: detainees cleared for transfer; detainees facing criminal charges before military commissions; and detainees designated for continued detention. The report concludes with some data that speaks for itself.
OAS/Ser. L/V/II. Doc. 20/15. "3 June 2015."
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Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note
Executive summary. Introduction. Evolution of the IACHR initiatives on Guantanamo. Conditions of detention. Access to justice. Towards the closure of Guantanamo: international legal obligations with regard to the transfer or release of detainees. Conclusions and recommendations.
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Online resource; title from PDF cover page (OAS, viewed August 12, 2015).