Yesterday marked the twentieth anniversary of the opening of the US Guantanamo prison camp. The UN Human Rights Committee has long been calling for the camp to be closed. RT DE-Editor Florian Warweg wanted to know what Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock had done so far to end this illegal practice. After all, she has always emphasized the importance of human rights for her politics.
The spokeswoman for the Federal Foreign Office, Andrea Sasse, said that the attitude of the federal government on this issue has not changed.
“From our point of view, the camp in Guantanamo calls into question important principles of humanity, the rule of law and human rights. We have made this clear to the various US governments since 2002. US President Joe Biden declared in February 2021 that he intends to close the prison camp until the end of his term of office and we welcome this announcement. “
Regarding the question of the extent to which the federal government considers the occupation of part of Cuban territory by the US Army, on which Guantanamo is operated, to be legal under international law, it was unable to make any ad hoc statement and might want to submit it later.
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The entire excerpt from the minutes of the Federal Press Conference on the subject:
“Yesterday marked the twentieth anniversary of the opening of the Guantanamo prison and torture camp, where people are still being held without a proper trial. The UN Human Rights Commission regularly condemns this practice, which is unconstitutional and unconstitutional, and calls for it to be closed.
What concrete steps has Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock taken, also bearing in mind her proclamation of a value-driven foreign policy, to end this practice that is contrary to international law? “
“Mr. Warweg, you were not at the government press conference on Monday.”
But I have read the protocol.
“But they do not know that we have sent additional answers to various colleagues. That is why I want to repeat that for everyone at this point.
I declared on Monday that the federal government’s position on Guantanamo has not changed. From our point of view, the prison camp in Guantanamo calls into question important principles of humanity, the rule of law and human rights. We have repeatedly made this clear to the various US governments since 2002.
US President Joe Biden announced in February 2021 that he would aim to close the prison camp until the end of his term in office. We welcome this announcement. “
ADDITIONAL QUESTION WARWEG:
“Since we are on the subject of international law, basically: How does the federal government actually assess the partial occupation of the Guantánamo province of the Socialist Republic of Cuba by the US military since 1903 from an international law perspective?”
“Mr. Warweg, your question covers a relatively long period of time. That is why I do not want to dare to take this opportunity at this point.”
“With the status of 2022; we can make that short!”
“Yes. Nevertheless, I would like to ask at this point that if we have something to submit on this question of international law, we can do it here or send you the answer bilaterally.”