US Pleased By Portugal’s Asylum To Gitmo Detainees

December 13, 2008

US (ChattahBox) – As the time for Obama’s promise to close the controversial prison Guantanamo approaches, measures are already being taken to clear the 250 men who are being detained there. While nearly 60 have already been cleared for release, there is a growing fear of the men’s fates outside of the prison’s walls.

Once the men are released, it will be difficult for them to continue living in the United States, where many have already had their wish to return rejected for fear of mistreatment by citizens who have learned their status as terrorist suspects. The US has been imploring other countries to open up their borders to allow for them to step through and continue their lives after a period of pure hell.

So far the EU has refused to do this, as have several other major allies. But one country has unexpectedly come through: Portugal.

Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Amado is urging the EU to take this as a first step to extend their own offers of asylum to the innocent detainees.

“The time has come for the European Union to step forward,” he wrote in a letter Thursday, also saying that it “should send a clear signal of our willingness to held the US government resolve this problem.”

There is no word yet on the EU’s response.


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