US sends 15 Guantanamo detainees to UAE

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Twelve Yemeni nationals and three Afghans have been transferred from US detention in Guantanamo Bay to the United Arab Emirates.

Haiti (SBS) – Fifteen prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have been released to the United Arab Emirates in the single largest transfer of detainees during the Obama administration.

The release of 12 Yemeni nationals and three Afghans on Monday comes amid a renewed push to whittle down the number of detainees held at the US base in Cuba. The men have been cleared for transfer by US government departments and agencies.

The Pentagon says 61 detainees remain at Guantanamo.

US President Barack Obama has been seeking to close the detention centre amid opposition from Congress.

Amnesty International USA’s director of national security and human rights Naureen Shah says the transfers are a “powerful sign that President Obama is serious about closing Guantanamo before he leaves office”.