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8 November 2008

Barrett demands Guantanamo Bay closure

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, will today address an Amnesty International rally calling for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

Despite widespread international condemnation, hundreds of people of more than 30 nationalities are still held without charge, and with little hope of obtaining a fair trial. Currently it is thought that approximately 270 detainees remain.

Since October 7, 2001, 775 detainees have been brought to Guantanamo Bay. Of these, 420 have been released without charge, with only two prisoner ever convicted of a crime.

The rally will take place at Gallery Square, Edinburgh from 1.00 O’clock onwards

John Barrett said: 

“Guantánamo Bay has acted as a recruiting sergeant for terrorism and breaks the very principles that the 'war on terror' purports to defend.

“If America is serious about repairing its reputation abroad then closing down Guantanamo bay and ending the illegal detention of prisoners has to be near the top of the priority list.

“The US should either charge detainees with recognisable criminal offences and bring them to trial in civilian courts, or it should release them with full protections against further abuses.”

John Barrett MP addressing the Guantanamo Bay protest

John Barrett MP addressing the Guantanamo Bay protest

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