Watson on Guantánamo Bay: it is ‘time for America to remove this stain on its moral integrity’
Friday, 19 April 2013
South West Liberal Democrat MEP Sir Graham Watson has spoken out against the continued use by the United States of the Guantánamo Bay detention centre stating it is “time for America to remove this stain on its moral integrity” and that the camp has “contradicted America’s profession of the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”.
During a speech in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Thursday, Sir Graham said: “The closure of what Amnesty International has described as ‘the Gulag of our times’ was promised when Obama came to office. Four years later, in an act of collective despair, most prisoners are on hunger strike. The time has come for America to remove this stain on its moral integrity. We stand side by side with America in the fight against terror. We deplore the Boston bombings, but we plead to our friends across the Atlantic to see that this injustice will serve to recruit – not to deter – the enemies of freedom.”
Hailing from the truly beautiful South West region of the UK, Andrew now works in Brussels and is a UK passport holder, European citizen, and a twice employee at the European Parliament.
While the EU in its current form is far from perfect, he is nonetheless firmly of the belief that the UK's prosperity and place in the world is best served as a member state and not as an isolated bystander.
Since October 2009, this blog seeks to document the work that our region's MEPs do for us in Brussels. As such, predictably, it rarely features UKIP.