Monday, May 27, 2013

Guantanamo an ideal recruitment tool for terrorists - UN human rights chief

Detainees in orange jumpsuits sit in a holding area under the watchful eyes of military police during in-processing to the temporary detention facility at Camp X-Ray of Naval Base Guantanamo Bay.

Detainees in orange jumpsuits sit in a holding area under the watchful eyes of military police during in-processing to the temporary detention facility at Camp X-Ray of Naval Base Guantanamo Bay (Reuters / Stringer)  

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has scolded the US for failing to close Guantanamo prison, warning it “has become an ideal recruitment tool for terrorists.” Pillay also cautioned that curtailing freedoms to fight terror will only worsen the problem.

Speaking at the opening of the spring session of the UN's Human Rights Council, Pillay accused the Obama administration of human rights violations, pointing to the infamous Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba as an "example of the struggle against terrorism failing to uphold human rights, among them the right to a fair trial," Reuters reports.

Follow RT’s day-by-day timeline of the Gitmo hunger strike

A reported 103 inmates are participating in the ongoing hunger strike at Guantanamo, 30 of whom are still being force-fed. Force-feeding is an extremely invasive and highly controversial practice, which many human rights activists – and the UN – consider to torture.

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