U.S. silent on prospects of Guantanamo closure - Russian Foreign Ministry

The fact that the U.S. authorities are not taking any actions to close the Guantanamo prison confirms that the U.S. has double standards in the human rights sphere, Russian Foreign Ministry human rights envoy Konstantin Dolgov said.

The fact that the U.S. authorities are not taking any actions to close the Guantanamo prison confirms that the U.S. has double standards in the human rights sphere, Russian Foreign Ministry human rights envoy Konstantin Dolgov said.

"The fact that dozens of prisoners have been held in Guantanamo for many years without trial is an outrageous contradiction to the fundamental norms of human rights and democracy. It is especially evident in the context of the details of the torture operations conducted by the CIS in its secret prisons abroad, which some of which were made public in late December 2014," Dolgov said in a commentary posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry website on Friday.

"The lack of action to close the Guantanamo prison again confirms the U.S. policy of double standards in the human rights sphere, which negatively impacts the reputation of this country in the world," Dolgov said.

Dolgov said the U.S. is not saying anything about the prospects of closing this prison.

"When Barack Obama took office in 2009, he promised to do it within a year and transfer all remaining prisoners to the U.S. territory, where U.S. legislation would fully apply to them," Dolgov said.

No headway has been made on the situation yet, Dolgov said.

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