CVT Statement on Passage of the National Defense Authorization Act

Friday, December 20, 2013

CVT Statement on Passage of the National Defense Authorization Act
Vote Signals the Beginning of the End to Indefinite Detention at Guantanamo

St. Paul, MN – The Center for Victims of Torture™ (CVT) today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate’s passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2014 that includes provisions to facilitate the process for transferring detainees out of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility to foreign countries. The bill maintains a ban on transferring detainees to the United States for trial, detention or medical treatment. The House of Representatives has already approved the bill and President Obama is expected to sign it into law.

“CVT has long urged President Obama and Congress to make repealing indefinite detention a top priority,” said Curt Goering, executive director of CVT.  “From our experience, we know indefinite detention rises to the level of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. This is especially the case when some individuals have been held in Guantanamo for nearly a dozen years. The indefinite detention of individuals without charge or trial is bad human rights policy, bad legal policy, and bad national security policy and should never have been approved. 

“The provisions included in the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2014 are a significant first step to bringing an end to indefinite detention for the majority of the 158 men at Guantanamo. While more Congressional action will be needed to shutter the detention facility, we commend the leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees for moving in the right direction.

“We now urge the Administration to use this added flexibility to step up its efforts to repatriate or resettle in accordance with international law the 79 men who have long been cleared for transfer. By doing so, the President will be closer to fulfilling his promise to finally close Guantanamo.”

The Center for Victims of Torture is a nonprofit headquartered in St. Paul, MN with an office in Washington, D.C. and healing initiatives in Africa and the Middle East. Visit


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