Guantánamo Bay is one of the best ports in Cuba, and larger than the island of Manhattan. U.S. Army occupied it 1898 1902. The “Platt Amendment” included that bay are for U.S. use.
Since 1959, the country has repeatedly urged the U.S. to vacate the base because the lease was enforced by force, and such contracts do not endure under modern international law.
U.S. – Cuba Treaty 1934
The Republic of Cuba hereby leases to the United States, for the time required for the purposes of coaling and naval stations, the following described areas of land and water situated in the Island of Cuba: (Guantánamo Bay)
necessary to fit the premises for use as coaling or naval stations only, and for no other purpose.
Broken peace, broken laws, broken promises
- Often shots were fired from this facility on Cuban territory, killing several people as a result.
- Enemies of the revolution found support and refuge there.
- During Trump‘s presidency the base was renovated and modernized.
- Obama and Biden promised to close the prison „Camp Delta“.
- For the U.S. closing the whole base is a taboo.
Torture “Camp Delta”
670 detainees since 2002 from 42 countries,
40 detainees toda.
interrogation and torture methods:
“escalating pressure tactics, extended isolation, 20-hour interrogations, painful stress positions, screaming, hooding, and manipulation of diet, environment and sleep, exposing to loud music, strobe lights, cold temperatures, prolonged sleep deprivation, isolation, and painful restraints”.
In his book of interviews with ex-prisoners, journalist and presenter Roger Willemsen (1955-2016) described the Guantánamo camp as “an institution outside international law, a camp of legal arbitrary-ness and the violation of humanitarian conventions.”
Here the “concept of ‘being outlawed’ from the medieval age is brought to the present time.
In 2018, the Pentagon commissioned a construction company to build a supplies warehouse for migrants on the site of the naval base, for which a budget of $ 23 million was available. According to the contract, the infrastructure should be designed for up to 13,000 migrants and 5,000 troops deployed for them and usable for at least 50 years.