Plan to close detention center leaves unanswered questions for advocates

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February 23, 2016

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on his plan to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from the White House in Washington, Feb. 23. (CNS photo/Shawn Thew, EPA) See GUANTANAMO-PLAN-QUESTIONS Feb. 23, 2016.

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on his plan to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from the White House in Washington, Feb. 23. (CNS photo/Shawn Thew, EPA)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — As President Barack Obama offered a long-awaited plan to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, organizations advocating for the closure welcomed the news and called for an end of the policy of holding remaining detainees without charges.

Keeping the detention center open and holding some detainees without charges for more than 14 years has been a “stain on our democracy,” said the Rev. Ron Stief, executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.

“Even now, this plan still parks many of them in a federal facility somewhere without really dealing with the fundamental issue of giving them a fair trial and fair hearing and sentencing them,” Rev. Stief told Catholic News Service Feb. 23.

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