January 26, 2015 – In a recent radio interview, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Méndez spoke about the situation and legality of detentions by the United States at Guantanamo Bay. The Special Rapporteur recognized the fact that the Obama administration has made some efforts to bring the use of detentions at Guantanamo Bay to an end, in accordance with the President’s January 22, 2009 Executive Order on the closure of the facility. However, he highlighted the fact that at least half of those who currently remain in detention have been cleared for release and will not be charged with any crime, making their continued detention arbitrary. In addition, the Special Rapporteur explained that detainees who are non-combatants and were apprehended as part of law enforcement operations must either be granted full due process guarantees in fair trials before independent tribunals, as required by international law and the United States Constitution, or released. To read the interview in full, follow this link.