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Guantanamo Bay detainees’ family members may be allowed to visit

Publié par Clifford Armion le 05/12/2011

Peter Finn and Julie Tate

"The Pentagon is considering allowing the families of detainees at Guantanamo Bay to visit them, an unprecedented step to ease the isolation of inmates who in some cases have been held at the U.S. facility for close to a decade, according to congressional aides.

"The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which monitors conditions at the military prison in Cuba and facilitates videoconferences between detainees and their families, has been in serious discussions with the Pentagon about a visitation program, the aides said.

"Some Republicans, after hearing about the talks, appeared to balk at such access to the Guantanamo Bay naval station. In an early version of the annual legislation to authorize the activities of the Defense Department, Rep. Howard P. Buck McKeon (Calif.), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, inserted language that would ban family visits, which have never occurred at the prison."

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"Guantanamo Bay detainees’ family members may be allowed to visit", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), décembre 2011. Consulté le 26/09/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/guantanamo-bay-detainees-family-members-may-be-allowed-to-visit