At 2:00PM today, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Closing Guantanamo: The National Security, Fiscal, and Human Rights implications.” Speaking at the hearing will be several current and retired high-ranking members of the military, two members of the House of Representatives, and Elisa Massimino, the president of and CEO of Human Rights First.
In addition to pushing for closure of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp, the speakers are expected to outline a plan for transferring current detainees to other locations for continued detention, and also the release of 86 prisoners that have been cleared for release. The ongoing hunger strikes are bound to come up as well. There are currently 69 detainees participating in the hunger strikes, a significant drop the 106 participants earlier this month. However, the numbers may rise again one Ramadan has ended and there are still 45 detainees being force-fed.
We’ll be covering this in detail over the next few days, but you can check it out via webcast here if you’re interested.
Chris Whitten, Research Fellow
Center for Policy and Research