Special Rapporteur on Torture and Inter-American Commission call for end of indefinite detention at Guantánamo

On May 1, 2013, WCL Professor Juan Méndez, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (SRT), issued a joint press release with other U.N. mandates and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), calling on the U.S. Government to end indefinite detention at Guantánamo Bay.  A recent hunger strike by 100 detainees protesting the conditions of confinement and their indefinite detention at the naval base has garnered international attention as 21 detainees have been forcibly fed and 5 have been hospitalized.

The SRT, other U.N. bodies, and the IACHR urge the U.S. Government to respect the human rights of individuals held at Guantánamo, emphasizing the rights to life, health, and personal integrity, and stress the importance of closing the detention center.

For the full press release, visit http://www.oas.org/en/iachr/media_center/PReleases/2013/029.asp.