China News Service, Beijing, January 12 (Reporter Liang Xiaohui) In response to the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Guantanamo Prison in the United States, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a regular press conference on the 12th that the United States should reflect on its own merits and immediately close Guantanamo and other facilities around the world. to stop arbitrary detentions, torture of prisoners and other atrocities, apologize and compensate victims, and bring those who authorize and perpetrate torture to justice.
January 11 marks the 20th anniversary of Guantanamo Prison.
A panel of experts appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council issued a statement on the 10th, condemning the continued use of this prison for human rights violations by the United States, saying that the practice of "arbitrary detention without trial and torture and ill-treatment" by the United States is "totally unacceptable".
In this regard, Wang Wenbin said that Guantanamo Prison is a dark page in the history of human rights in the world.
If there is a "detention camp" for Muslims in the world, it is Guantanamo.
"In the 20 years since the arrival of the first batch of prisoners, the US prisoner abuse scandal has repeatedly appeared in the newspapers, causing great outrage in the international community, and the US has repeatedly promised to close the prison. But today, 20 years later, Guantanamo Prison still holds 39 people. , only a few of them have been charged or convicted," Wang Wenbin said.
Wang Wenbin pointed out that, in fact, the secret prisons established by the United States are all over the world, and Guantanamo Prison is just the tip of the iceberg.
According to reports, the United States set up a large number of secret prisons in Afghanistan and its allies after launching the war in Afghanistan.
After the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the atrocities, torture and murder of Iraqi civilians were carried out.
Wang Wenbin pointed out that recently, Lithuania paid compensation to Zubaida, a "permanent prisoner" who had been detained in an American secret prison on the outskirts of the Lithuanian capital. At this time, it has been more than three years since the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Lifang must pay compensation, and Zubaida has already been detained. He was detained without charge by the US for more than 20 years.
He emphasized that the US "black prisons" such as Guantanamo Prison always remind people of the misdeeds and crimes of the United States in terms of human rights.
The United States should reflect on itself, immediately close Guantanamo and secret prisons all over the world, stop arbitrary detentions and torture of prisoners and other atrocities, apologize and compensate the victims, and bring those who authorized and committed torture to justice.