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Reprieve Comment on Bolsonaro Ally's Call for Brazil to "Open Its Own Guantanamo"

WASHINGTON -

Rio de Janeiro's state governor Wilson Witzel - an ally of Brazil's new President Jair Bolsonaro - is reported to have said that Brazil "needs its own Guantanamo".  
 
Commenting, Maya Foa, Director of Reprieve, which represents men held in Guantanamo, said: “Since it opened in 2002, Guantanamo has become a byword for injustice and gross violations of human rights. Nearly 17 years on, the US is still detaining forty men at the prison, having subjected them to prolonged torture. 31 of the men do not face charges and have no chance of a trial. The world is certainly not safer as a result of these injustices. It is shocking that President Bolsonaro’s allies are calling for Brazil to open its own version of this hell hole, and shows what toxic influence Guantanamo continues to have in the world. President Trump must close the prison at once.”

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Reprieve is a UK-based human rights organization that uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners, from death row to Guantánamo Bay.

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