Amnesty calls on European states to 'shelter' ex-Guantanamo detainees

11th November 2008, Comments 0 comments

With the anticipated closure of Guantanamo, Amnesty International is raising concerns on the future security of ex-Guantanamo detainees.

Berlin -- Amnesty International appealed to Germany and other European nations on Monday to provide homes to 50 detainees from the Guantanamo Bay US detention centre.

The men are unable to return to their home countries "for fear of torture or other serious human rights violations," the human-rights group said in Berlin.

It said it was making the appeal along with four other rights groups. The appeal materializes in the expectation that the next US president, Barack Obama, would close the detention centre on Cuba.

About 250 people accused of being terrorists are currently held at the camp. Some 80 are expected to face trial by court martial.

Amnesty said the remaining included 50 from nations such as China, Libya, Russia, Tunisia and Uzbekistan.

The human rights groups made their call after a two day workshop in Berlin.

"Guantanamo cannot be closed until these men have a country which will accept them and where their lives and liberty are not in jeopardy," the statement said.


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