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The military prison at Guantanamo Bay remains open

US President Donald Trump has signed a new executive order to keep the military prison at Guantanamo Bay open The order preserves military detention as a counterterrorism tool..It  marks a formal reversal of President Barack Obama's eight-year effort to close the detention centre.

It requires the defense secretary to recommend criteria for determining the fate of individuals captured by the United States in armed conflict, including sending them to Guantanamo. “When necessary, we must be able to detain and question them. But we must be clear: Terrorists are not merely criminals. They are unlawful enemy combatants," Trump said. Previously, Obama signed an order calling for Guantánamo Bay to be closed on his second day in office in 2009, but he was never able carry out that policy to its conclusion. “Terrorists who do things like place bombs in civilian hospitals are evil,” the actual President said.

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At this time, there are still 41 inmates in the prison complex “The detention operations at the U.S. Naval Station Guantánamo Bay are legal, safe, humane, and conducted consistent with United States and international law. (...) Given that some of the current detainee population represent the most difficult and dangerous cases from among those historically detained at the facility, there is significant reason for concern regarding their reengagement in hostilities should they have the opportunity.(...)” the order signed by President Trump says.

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