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UN Rights Chief Calls For Closure Of Guantanamo Prison

Navi Pillay
UN rights chief Navi Pillay is calling on the United States to close the Guantanamo prison where terrorism suspects are kept.

In a statement, Pillay said, "The continuing indefinite incarceration of many of the detainees amounts to arbitrary detention and is in clear breach of international law."

Pillay’s statement recalled the hunger strike under way by some 40 inmates, branding it a "desperate act."

Pillay said about half of the 166 inmates in Guantanamo are cleared for transfer either to home countries or third countries and she urged that "those who have been cleared for release should be released."

Pillay said some inmates at Guantanamo "have been festering in this detention center for more than a decade."

Pillay said she was "deeply disappointed" Washington has not closed the prison.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters