A detainee is carried by military police after being interrogated by officials at Camp X-Ray at the Guantanamo Bay prison, Cuba. (File photo)
A political analyst says the infamous US-run Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba will remain “a black mark” for the United States, Press TV reports.
“It’s going really to remain a black mark for the US and there are attempts in Congress to do something about it, but at the moment I don’t see any major changes and I don’t see the administration in moving anywhere in that direction trying to close down Guantanamo,” Bill Jones from Executive Intelligence Review told Press TV on Saturday.
“They certainly have not paid much attention to statements coming from the UN on this issue and there has been a lot of concern obviously internationally and also within the United States about the Guantanamo operations,” he explained.
On Friday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called for the closure of the Guantanamo prison.
“I am deeply disappointed that the US government has not been able to close Guantanamo Bay …. It severely undermines the United States’ stance…when addressing human rights violations elsewhere,” Pillay said.
She went on to say that the ongoing indefinite imprisonment of prisoners in Guantanamo prison is in “clear breach of international law.”
“We must be clear about this: the United States is in clear breach not just of its own commitments but also of international laws and standards that it is obliged to uphold,” she said.
Some 166 inmates at the US military prison have been on hunger strike for almost two months.
The hunger strikers stopped eating to protest their indefinite detention without charges. They are also demanding an end to the intrusive search of their cells and personal belongings.
Upon taking office, US President Barack Obama signed an executive order to stop military commissions in order to close down the Guantanamo prison by 2010. However, this has not happened yet.