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The United States could allow relatives of detainees at its prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to visit them in an unprecedented policy shift, The Washington Post reports.
The change would mark an ''unprecedented step to ease the isolation of inmates who in some cases have been held at the US facility for close to a decade'', said the report, which cited unnamed congressional aides. The International Committee of the Red Cross ''has been in serious discussions with the Pentagon about a visitation program'', the report said, citing the aides. The Guantanamo Bay camp, located on the US naval base in south-eastern Cuba, was opened by then president George W. Bush in 2002.
Among the Guantanamo detainees are September 11, 2001, mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other men accused of planning the attacks.
More than half of the 172 Guantanamo Bay detainees have been cleared to leave by the Obama administration, but the US has not yet found a country to accept them, or does not believe there are adequate human rights guarantees in countries where they have been accepted...