Permanent Representative of Russia to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich’s statement at the OSCE Permanent Council meeting, Vienna, January 18, 2018

Friday, 19 January 2018 16:19

Mr Chairperson,

We share the Azerbaijani representative’s concerns about the US Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

As we have repeatedly noted, this prison is the most glaring example of the United States’ double standards policy in human rights. Let me remind you that President Barack Obama made a commitment to close the facility immediately after his inauguration. Years have gone by and the promise remains unfulfilled.

The current US administration is also not demonstrating any willingness to observe its international obligations. There are still dozens of people kept in the prison and the majority of inmates are held there without charges or their cases reaching court. Meanwhile, those responsible for the torture and violent disappearances that These facts have been confirmed by ODIHR Director Ingibjorg Gisladottir.  In her recent statement, she noted that “indefinite detention without charge or trial constitutes cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and punishment.” The concerns about the atrocities ongoing in Guantanamo, including torture and other inhumane forms of treatment, were set out in last year’s report by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention under the UN Human Rights Council.

We call for the United States to strictly follow its international obligations, take action for a speedy closure of the Guantanamo prison and bring to account those responsible for torture and other unlawful acts. We believe the states involved in the ‘delivery chain’ transferring inmates to this and other similar facilities must stop this practice. It is important that the OSCE’s competent bodies, particularly, the ODIHR, monitor this situation constantly rather than only on another anniversary of Washington not living up to its promises.

Thank you.

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