Whatever the rights and wrongs of Guantanamo the US was originally responding to an international terrorist threat as well as the need to bring people to justice for killing nearly 3,000 people on 11 September 2001. The means were wrong but the cause was right and past international critics of America's actions should now do what they can to undo the knot of illegality and shoddy malpractice that traps those still caged at Guantanamo. What's more, the camp's continued existence damages us too: as a symbol of the West's injustice and a recruiting sergeant for terrorism. It's our problem too. [sic]
Last week, the European Parliament passed
[JURIST report] a resolution
[text, DOC] encouraging EU member states to accept former detainees for resettlement, and last month several states indicated willingness
[EU press release, JURIST report
] to consider accepting detainees after safety screenings by the US. On January 22, US President Barack Obama issued an executive order
[text, PDF; JURIST report
] requiring the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp "as soon as practicable, and no later than 1 year from the date of this order."