Workers Party General Secretary John Lowry and International Secretary Gerry
Grainger presented the letter criticising the US president for his repeated failure to honour a pre-election promise
made in in 2008 to close the Guantanamo Bay prison and interrogation centre.
It is estimated that there are currently 166 detainees
held without charge at Guantanamo. Of these around 100 are currently on hunger strike and thirty of those are being force
“The detention of these detainees and the conditions under
which they are being held have been cited by International Human Rights Organisations as an affront to the protection of human
rights and have been found to be unconstitutional by the US Courts themselves“, the Workers Party letter said .
The protest letter also highlighted the on-going plight of the ‘Cuban
Five’, jailed in 2001 and the Obama administration’s increasing use of unmanned drone aircraft.
conditions under which the ‘Cuban Five’ are held in US prisons and the punishment of their relatives
who are denied acceptable visitation rights have been condemned world wide as examples of the violation of human rights by
the United States of America.
The use and legality of drone attacks, which have murdered
civilian populations, in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia - countries the United States is not at war with – has been
questioned by numerous international bodies including The International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic at
Stanford Law School and the Global Justice Clinic at the New York University School of Law.
The Workers Party has
called for the immediate closure of the Guantanamo Camp, the unconditional release of those detained there,
the immediate release and return to Cuba of the Cuban Five and an immediate end to the use of drone attacks by the US.
Full text of the letter handed into the US Consulate today :Letter of protest