US to improve conditions for some detainees at Gitmo

[JURIST] The US military is scheduled to complete ongoing renovations to some areas of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] by Monday, creating improved facilities for detainees who are deemed no longer a threat to the United States, Brig. General Jay Hood revealed in an affidavit filed in federal court earlier this week. The military plans to house the nonthreatening prisoners in a renovated section with home electronics, including televisions, and a view of the ocean. The military has spent weeks renovating Camp Iguana [Wikipedia backgrounder] to provide an environment of communal housing that is air conditioned and allows flexible eating and bathing schedules. Hood's affidavit was filed by the government in the case of two Chinese Uighurs who the US says were captured in Pakistan in 2001 as they fled a Taliban training facility. Rights groups have called for their release [JURIST report] after they were found not to be enemy combatants. Some detainees who have been determined to be "No Longer Enemy Combatants," or NLECs, will be eligible to live in the renovated housing. AP has more.

 

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