PACE calls on member states to shelter Guantanamo prisoners
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 26 / Trend , E.Ostapenko/ The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) calls on CoE member states to provide shelter to justified Guantanamo prisoners, the organization said in a message.
"I called on member states to shelter the Guantanamo prisoners, who have been acquitted but cannot return to their countries because their lives are endangered," PACE President Lluis Maria de Puig said at the opening of the winter session.
The demandof the new U.S. President Barack Obama for the U.S. to observe the Geneva Conventions on POWs is a positive fact. This gives hope that Europe and the U.S. will now be able to combine their efforts in upholding international law, he said.
In the first working day as U.S. President, Obama signed a decree banning application of cruel interrogation techniques towards suspected terrorists and a decree to shut down the Guantanamo Bay detention camp during 2009.
During the office of the Bush administration, the Guantanamo Bay military prison became a symbol of unlawful treatment of detainees. Hundreds of people were detained there for years without charges.
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