Thursday, January 11, 2007

U.N. Chief says 'shut down Gitmo'

The new secretary-general of the United Nations is no fan of the United States' detention facility at Guantanmo Bay, Cuba.

New U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon believes the U.S. prison at Cuba's Guantanamo Bay should be shut down, he said on Thursday.

"Like my predecessor, I believe that the prison at Guantanamo should be closed," Ban told a news conference. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who stepped down on December 31, had also called for the facility to be closed.

President Bush has himself said he would like to close the facility, Ban reminded journalists. But the U.S. leader has yet to do so.

Thursday marked the fifth anniversary of the camp's opening.
Until Bush begins defending human rights with deeds, and not just meaningless rhetoric, America's moral authority in the world will remain compromised.


Brian said...

Human rights under the Bush regime are about as common as a toilet trained six month old.