Amnesty International Calls on European States to Follow Portugal in Hosting Former Detainees

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Amnesty International Calls on European States to Follow Portugal in Hosting Former Detainees

WASHINGTON - "The E.U. and European states
should show leadership and heed Portugal's call to put the need to protect
Guantanamo detainees who cannot return to their home countries high on
the agenda," said Amnesty International today as it welcomed the Portuguese
Foreign Minister's commitment to offer protection to Guantanamo detainees
who cannot return to their countries of origin, calling on other E.U .states
to do the same.

"Governments across Europe should follow
Portugal's bold lead and be part of the solution to end the human rights
scandal of Guantanamo," said Daniel Gorevan, who coordinates the Counter
Terror with Justice Campaign at Amnesty International.

Note to Editors
Around 50 of the more than 250 detainees
currently held in Guantanamo cannot be sent back to their countries of
origin because they would face a real risk of human rights violations such
as torture or other ill-treatment. They come from countries including China,
Libya, Russia, Tunisia and Uzbekistan.

Amnesty International's experts on human
rights and counter-terrorism are available for interviews.

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning
grassroots activist organization with more than 2.2 million supporters,
activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human
rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates
and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice,
freedom, truth and dignity are denied.

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For more information regarding Amnesty International's
campaign urging European governments to offer protection to Guantanamo
detainees who cannot safely return home, please see:
http://www.amnestyusa.org/document.php?lang=e&id=ENGNAU200811118066

For information about Amnesty International's
Counter Terror with Justice campaign, please visit: www.amnestyusa.org/ctwj

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