Senegal receives Libyan Guantanamo Bay detainees
DAKAR, (CAJ News) – SENEGAL has offered humanitarian resettlement to two individuals formerly in Department of Defense custody at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba.
The two Libyan nationals Salem Abdu Salam Ghereby and Omar Khalif Mohammed Abu Baker Mahjour Umar (were unanimously approved for transfer by six United States government departments and agencies, either through the
2009-2010 Executive Order Task Force or the more recent Periodic Review Board process.
Senegal joins 26 different countries which, since 2009, have extended resettlement opportunities to nearly 100 detainees.
U Secretary of State, John Kerry, said his country appreciated the generous assistance of the Government of Senegal.
“This significant humanitarian gesture is consistent with Senegal’s leadership on the global stage,” Kerry said.
He assured the US continued its efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.
Kerry said President Barack Obama had repeatedly made clear, the administration is determined to close the Guantanamo Bay.
“The continued operation of the detention facility weakens our national security by draining resources, damaging our relationships with key allies and partners, and serving as a propaganda tool for violent extremists,” said Kerry.
“We are taking all possible steps to reduce the detainee population at Guantanamo and to close the detention facility in a responsible manner that protects our national security.”
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