GENEVA (AP) - The U.N. human rights chief on Monday said that the U.S. government must close the Guantanamo Bay prison as President Barack Obama promised a year ago.
Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, says “the facility continues to exist and individuals remain arbitrarily detained - indefinitely - in clear breach of international law.”
Obama pledged to shutter the U.S. Naval Base prison in Cuba in his annual State of the Union address to Congress last year. Promising to close the controversial detention facility was also his first official action as president.
Pillay said Monday - ahead of Obama's next annual speech Tuesday - that she is deeply disappointed the U.S. government “has instead entrenched a system of arbitrary detention.”
Pillay said she also is “disturbed at the failure to ensure accountability for serious human rights violations, including torture, that took place.”