Inside Story

Will Joe Biden close Guantanamo Bay?

US president-elect once promised to shut down the camp and now he is under pressure to deliver.

It has been 19 years since the United States opened the military detention centre at Guantanamo Bay.

It quickly became notorious for human-rights abuses and the fact that the US administration did not consider the detainees to be entitled to any protection according to international laws.

Amnesty International is now urging President-elect Joe Biden to fulfil a promise he made 10 years ago to close it down.

There are still 40 people held there with no access to fair trials.

Amnesty’s 62-page report says the detentions at Guantanamo are “inescapably bound up with” years of unlawful government misconduct and that there is a continuing lack of accountability for that.

So, will Guantanamo Bay be closed one day?

Presenter: Peter Dobbie


Alka Pradhan – human rights counsel at the Guantanamo Bay Military Commissions.

Simon Crowther – legal adviser for Amnesty International.

Karen Greenberg – director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University School of Law.