MOSCOW, February 12 – RIA Novosti. The administration of US President Joe Biden has begun a process to review the policy on the future of the prison in Guantanamo Bay with the aim of closing the institution, according to the Washington Examiner, citing National Security Council spokesman Emily Horne.
“We at the National Security Council are assessing the current state of affairs that the Biden administration inherited from the previous administration, in line with our broader goal of closing Guantanamo,” said Horn, quoted by the newspaper.
Horn clarified that there are a number of key policy positions that must first be filled in departments responsible for national security, including the Department of Defense, State Department and Department of Justice, before progress can be made on the closure.
The prison for international terrorists at Guantanamo Bay was created after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Earlier, representatives of a number of international organizations, including the OSCE and UN experts, called on the new US administration to immediately close the prison at Guantanamo Bay due to the fact that many prisoners were held there without trial or investigation and were tortured.
Former US President Barack Obama signed an executive order to close Guantanamo more than 10 years ago. But Obama's intentions were unsuccessful as Congress refused to fund a prison closure. The next US President Donald Trump, after coming to power, formally canceled Obama's decree. At the same time, new detainees still do not appear in Guantanamo.
In total, 775 prisoners passed through Guantanamo, the vast majority of them never appeared before a court. Now at the US base in Cuba, where the prison is located, there are only about 40 prisoners left.