World leaders and protesters worldwide are calling for the closure of the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, five years after the arrival of the first detainee from the war on terror.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said Thursday he believes the prison camp should be closed. Russian President Vladimir Putin called Guantanamo a "sad situation." Human rights groups and activists organized rallies in Britain, Australia and Cuba to protest the indefinite detention without trial of terrorism suspects at the prison.
The rights group Amnesty International led a demonstration outside the U.S. embassy in London. Amnesty chief Irene Kahn called Guantanamo Bay a "travesty of justice." In Washington, more than 75 protesters were arrested after they entered a federal court house. The U.S. government says about 395 detainees are currently being held at the prison.