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Bush noncommittal on Guantanamo shutdown

[JURIST] When asked about the fate of the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay during a Fox News interview [transcript] Wednesday, President Bush insisted that all prisoners there are being treated in accordance with international standards, but did say that the government was "exploring all alternatives" regarding its future. The administration has come under increasing pressure from human rights groups, including Amnesty International, to shut down the facility, which a recent Amnesty report [JURIST report] called a "gulag" in reference to the notorious forced labor camps of the Soviet era. Earlier this week, former President Jimmy Carter and Senator Joseph Biden [JURIST report] called on President Bush to close Guantanamo, and US House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has since joined the chorus. Reuters has more.

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