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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Guantánamo Naval Base

Alfred de Zayas

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 21 May 2024

Military matters — Occupation — Armed forces — Combatants, unlawful — Prisoners of war

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 Guantánamo Naval Base (also known as Gitmo) is the oldest American naval base outside the continental United States of America (Governmental Activities on Foreign Territory; Military Forces Abroad). It occupies 45 square miles, or 117.6 square kilometres, an area roughly the size of Manhattan Island. It is situated in the south-east corner of the Republic of Cuba’s easternmost Municipio de Caimanera, Provincia de Guantánamo (Cuba), west of the Republic of Haiti and north of Jamaica. It has been continuously occupied by the US since the Spanish-American war in...
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