Human Rights Activist Slams Step Trump Defends Guantanamo Prison

Rights groups denounced President Donald Trump's decision to defend US military prison at Guantanamo, Cuba

"I keep my promise," Trump said in a speech to Congress on Tuesday (30/1) after signing the executive order. The move canceled a presidential decree containing a plan for closure of the facility, issued by President Barack Obama in 2009.

Trump says such facilities are important to ensure America has all the forces necessary to hold terrorists in the fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda.

According to a new presidential decree, America can transport additional prisoners to the Guantanamo Bay Navy Base if it is legal and necessary to protect the country. "The order also calls for Defense Minister Jim Mattis to draft a 90-day policy on how to handle and move people arrested in connection with an armed conflict.

Noor Zafar of the Center for Constitutional Rights, who has represented Guantanamo detainees in federal court, told the VOA this is another anti-Muslim rhetoric and Islamic phobia that he uses to instigate a support base Trum.

Zafar who wants the prison to be closed d detained or freed, said the president's view of who was classified as a terrorist was explicitly and clearly based on a person's religious and ethnic identity.

He compared Trump's different reaction to violence in Las Vegas in August 2017 with an attack on New York in October 2017. In Las Vegas, then, a white man killed dozens of people and wounded hundreds of people watching a music festival. While in New York in October 2017, a Muslim man killed eight people and wounded dozens of others by crashing a truck on bike lanes and on foot. The man was a supporter of ISIS.

Noor Zafar said, "If it was a violent white man, there was no call to call himself a terrorist. But if it's a colored or Muslim, it will soon be branded as a terrorist, and the president will deprive all of his constitutional rights and send him to Guantanamo. "

" I think it shows bad intentions and disguised President Trump's intentions, " he added.

During the Trump campaign he said he wanted to defend Guantanamo and fill it with the bad guys. [ps/jm]

US Defends No Decision Sanctions on '210 People Near the Kremlin'

The Trump Administration defended its decision not to immediately impose sanctions on the Russian people mentioned in the report detailing the wealth and political activities of Russian insiders and billionaires.

The report details financial links and politics of Russian politicians and the 96 so-called affluent "oligarchs" under Putin's control.

But the report does not mention the imposition of new sanctions against the Russian government or the people on the list and raises the question of whether Trump is too (19659003) When pressed before the Senate Banking Committee, Finance Minister Steve Mnuchin said the sanctions are being processed.

"Our sanctions require enormous intelligence work." There is an enormous effort to make this report , and that's what we're doing Now we'll use the report as a basis and decide d imana deserves to impose sanctions. So this should not mean that 'we do not impose sanctions on anyone in the report', "Mnuchin said.

In a statement accompanying the release of the report, State Department spokesman Heather Nauert explained there was no plan to immediately impose sanctions on Russia or those mentioned in the document.

Nauert said the report was already detrimental to Russian companies.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the report "hostile action," but said Russia chose not to take immediate retaliation .

"What does this action mean? I do not understand. But of course this action is not friendly. This complicates the already difficult Russian-American relationship and is certainly detrimental to international relations as a whole, "Putin said.

The Democrats and many foreign policy analysts question Trump's reluctance to take action against Russia, given the evidence of Russian interference in the selection of Trump which brought him to power. [my/ii]

Burma Officially Defends 2 Reuters Reporters

Two Reuters journalists imprisoned in Myanmar, on Wednesday (10/1), have been formally charged with violating the State Secrecy Act.

Prosecutors filed charges against Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo on Wednesday (10/1) a short trial in Yangon. The two journalists were arrested on December 12 after they allegedly received secret documents from two policemen at a dinner event.

The lawyers of both journalists said the judge rejected the request to release his two clients on bail but promised to take a decision at the next hearing , which is scheduled to take place on January 23.

The two journalists briefly met with their families after the trial, before being returned to prison.

Outside the court, dozens of black-clad journalists marched to show their support for Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. Some of them carried banners reading "Journalism is not a crime."

The two men face the possibility of a maximum jail term of 14 years if proven to violate the State Secrecy Act. The law itself is centuries old or valid since Myanmar is still under British colonial rule. [ab/uh]