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Finally – UK requests return of British residents at Guantanamo

It’s taken four years but finally the government has requested the return of UK residents held in legal limbo in Guantanamo Bay:

The UK government has requested the release of five British residents from US custody at Guantanamo Bay.

Source: UK Seeks Guantanamo men release [BBC News].

Of course, there is actually a sixth British resident being held by the US authorities at Guantanamo. No reason has been given as to why the new British request does not cover him. So there may still be more work to do. Nevertheless this is a very positive development.

Some of this will but put down to a change in Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary in the UK, and I’m sure that that has had an impact. Yet I wonder to what extent its also down to the ongoing shift in attitudes in Washington DC, where for some time now they’ve indicated a desire to be rid of Guantanamo?