The European Parliament today confirmed that they did not see the recent suicides at Guantanamo Bay as a PR exercise but was a cause for grave concern and demanded that the US Administration close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility immediately.
Speaking after the Parliament's overwhelming vote to pass the resolution Green Euro MP Jean Lambert, who was named top MEP for her work on Justice and Human Rights at the end of last year, said she now hoped to see serious action from the US to close the centre.
Jean commented: "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 is failng to uphold human rights or international law. The EU should now take a tougher stance on its relations with the US over such issues.
"I am pleased the resolution was passed today condemning all forms of torture and ill-treatment. We now insist that every prisoner is treated in accordance with international humanitarian law and, if charged, tried without delay in a fair and public hearing by a competent, independent and impartial court of law or international tribunal.
"It has been four years since the first transfer to Guantanamo bay - and that's four years too long. It's time to end the torture, fear and uncertainty and release those that can not be charged."
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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.