More than two decades after the September 11 attacks, the US Guantanamo prison camp in Cuba still has 34 prisoners. This was announced by the Ministry of Defense in Washington after a detainee was transferred from Pakistan to the Central American country of Belize.
The US government is continuing to work with other countries to responsibly reduce the number of prisoners and eventually close the camp, it said.
The camp is located in Cuba at the US naval base in Guantánamo Bay. At times almost 800 people were imprisoned there. The camp was set up under Republican President George W. Bush after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States to hold suspected Islamist terrorists without trial. Human rights organizations have long called for the closure.