Yemeni’s Call for Close of Guantanamo Bay

Protesters, both activists and relatives of Guantanamo Bay detainees have been rioting outside the US Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen.  They are demanding the release of Yemeni detainees and are infuriated about poor conditions as well as a few prisoners on hunger strike.

Yemeni’s make up the largest ethnic group detained in Guantanamo, after the 2001 US invasion of Afghanistan. Ever since, Yemen’s government has been actively pushing for Yemeni detainees at Guantanamo Bay be sent back to Sanaa, a move Washington disagrees with due to al-Qaeda being active in the area and distrust in Yemen to be stable and work to prevent detainees from returning to terror activities.

US President Barack Obama promised to close Guantanamo after being elected but Congress “passed a law that prohibiting transferring Guantanamo prisoners to US soil and requiring security guarantees before they can be sent elsewhere in the world.” (http://www.counton2.com/story/21842903/yemenis-demand-release-of-guantanamo-detainees)

Guantanamo Bay is a controversial topic for people globally. For Americans, many people are disappointed by the fact that 4 years after being promised the prison will be shut down, it remains open and still housing detainees. Maybe the international push and media attention will be the motivation needed to finally close Guantanamo for good. 

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/04/20134116945897855.html

http://www.counton2.com/story/21842903/yemenis-demand-release-of-guantanamo-detainees

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