Guantánamo bay, known by many as the living hell, is still housing detainees in 2017, continuing to be an embarrassing fact for an America that considers it an indelible stain etched on its history.
Guantánamo Bay dates back to more than a century, a period most marked by the Spanish-American war, and has been sparking controversy right since then. And one of the most eminent outcomes of this war is actually Spain handing over Cuba to the United States. Years after, the Cuban government managed to get its independence, but only after having leased part of its land to the US. And that’s how the US got control of Guantánamo.
The bay started then as a refugee camp housing the Cuban natives who tried to flee to the US and sought political asylum. Fast forward to the 2000s, the bay went from being a refugee to a detainee camp, where the 9/11 perpetrators were the first to make the entrance. The horror tales leaked from the facility have always outraged human rights activists and its shutdown has always been an international claim.
Fortunately, some promising prospects showed up with Obama taking over the presidency back in 2009 and the world heaved a sigh of relief at Obama’s pledge to close the bay down. Alas, eight years have already elapsed since and the camp is still open. The Congressional blockage is certainly a bottleneck, but one can argue that Obama could have done more. For instance, he wasn’t bound and determined enough to have the Defence Department approve the release of the least threatening prisoners.
Guantánamo bay has always ignited controversy mainly because it’s more like a camp where people are kept hostages. The no investigations and no trials concept makes us question its legitimacy. The present administration is still on the fence about closing the camp down because no decision could be taken as regards to the fate of those detainees. But given Donald Trump’s stance on Islam, the chances of the camp shutting down look very bleak.
—Roiya Souissi, Correspondent (Our Word)