Guantanamo 'a living grave' for dozens cleared to leave

A file photo shows a seated detainee wearing restraints as he reads during a life skills class inside Guantanamo Bay, CubaAfter more than a decade held without charge, dozens of Guantanamo detainees ought to have sight of freedom, but hard-won deals for their release are languishing awaiting a final Pentagon signature. Some 79 of the 149 prisoners still incarcerated at the US military base in Guantanamo Bay, southern Cuba, have been approved for transfer after being assessed as posing no security risk to the United States. In June, a senior official had predicted there would be “substantial progress” this year towards President Barack Obama’s avowed aim of closing the costly and politically toxic operation. “Continued delay on closing Guantanamo is unacceptable, whether it is from roadblocks put up by some in Congress or from some in the administration,” Senator Dianne Feinstein told AFP.

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