Families May Be Allowed To Visit Guantanamo Detainees
The Pentagon is considering allowing the families of detainees at Guantanamo Bay to visit them, the Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing congressional aides.
According to the Washington Post, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which monitors conditions at the Guantanamo Bay military prison, “has been in serious discussions with the Pentagon about a visitation program.”
The newspaper quoted a spokesman for the ICRC, Simon Schorno, as saying “regardless of where detainees are held, particularly in the context of long-term detention, the ICRC will always work for the detainees and their families to be in contact with one another, including through family visits.”
The newspaper noted that Congressional aides familiar with the talks spoke on the condition of anonymity “because of the sensitive nature of the discussions.”
There are about 172 detainees currently at Guantanamo, out of which 48 “are expected to be held indefinitely under the laws of war.”