Written By: Mohammed Ali Kalfood
Article Date: Sep 25, 2012 - 6:58:52 PM
The US Justice Department has decided on Friday September 21 to release 55 cleared prisoners at Guantanamo Bay among them are 25 Yemenis to be extradited to Yemen
. After 11 years of imprisonment, the prisoners are now waiting to be deported to their countries.
USA is to extradite 25 Yemeni prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to Yemen.
The total number of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay is 167 of which 86 prisoners were released based on the recommendations of the committee that Obama ordered to form in 2009.
The American authorities have been protective about revealing the names of those 86 prisoners but last Friday they announced some of them.
In response to the Department of Justice’s release of the identities of 55 of the 86 Guantanamo prisoners who have been approved for transfer, Center for Constitutional Rights Executive Director Vincent Warren issued the following statement: “Most of the 55 men listed have endured 11 years of indefinite detention without charge or trial, despite the unanimous assessment of every responsible U.S. national security agency that these men could be safely released or transferred.
The government’s justification for hiding the identities of these men was always unconvincing, and their names should have been made public three years ago when the Guantanamo Review Task Force made its determinations.
Though today’s announcement is long overdue, we welcome the disclosure of this important information which finally dispels the myth that the remaining detainees who are trapped at Guantanamo are too dangerous to be released.
The list announced today, however, is incomplete, and not appearing on the list is no indication of wrongdoing. It is long past time for the government to release the men it does not intend to prosecute.
It should begin by urgently resuming transfers of the 86 men it has already cleared. The government did the right thing today by releasing the partial list of names. It should take the next step of releasing the men themselves.”
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