Green Euro MP, Jean Lambert, today reinforced her calls for action to end the suffering of those illegally detained in Guantanamo Bay as the European Parliament debate on the situation of prisoners in Guantanamo began.
Jean, who previously warned that the United States and Guantanamo Bay had created a 'legal limbo' which in effect gave a green light for other regimes to detain and conduct torture like activities, also visited Washington earlier this month as part of the European Parliament's inquiry into the CIA 'extraordinary rendition' flights.
Speaking before today's debate Jean, who has been named the top MEP on Justice and Human Rights, said; "The ongoing illegal imprisonment of those in Guantanamo Bay and the revelations of the CIA Extraordinary Rendition Flights in the United States clearly demonstrates that the US has failed to uphold human rights or international law. The EU must now take a tougher stance on its relations with the US over such issues and ensure that everyone has access to a fair trial and humane living conditions.
"After 4 years since the first transfer to Guantanamo Bay there are
now approximately 500 men from around 35 different nationalities being held
there. We cannot forget their families who wait for their loved ones to return,
sometimes for years without justification for their imprisonment. The fear and
uncertainty of the outcome has serious effects on both their physical and psychological
"It is time the UK Government took responsibility for the British residents who remain in Guantanamo by bringing an end to the torture and the detention centre permanently."
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Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament.