In 2009 US military personnel inspected each occupied cell on a two-minute cycle at Camp 5, a maximum-security facility, at the US detention camp for suspected terrorists at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. The facility is operated by the Joint Task Force Guantanamo and holds prisoners who have been captured in the war in Afghanistan and elsewhere since the September 11, 2001, attacks. Brennan Linsley/AP/File
A selection of lunch meals offered to detainees is displayed in a food preparation area at the US Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay, March 7, 2013. Detainees have a daily choice of regular, soft, vegetarian, vegetarian with fish, bland, and high-fiber meals. Bob Strong/Reuters
A shackled detainee reads his materials as he attends a class in 'Life Skills,' as guards in the background shackle another detainee to the floor, inside Camp 6 high-security detention facility at the Guantánamo Bay US Naval Base in 2010. Brennan Linsley/AP/File
A detainee is carried by military police after being interrogated by officials at Camp X-Ray at the US Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay in 2002. Marc Serota/Reuters/File
The sun rises over the Guantánamo detention facility May 13, 2009. In a speech the next day, President Obama defended his plans to close the Guantánamo detention camp. Now into his second term in office, Mr. Obama has not achieved in his objective. Brennan Linsley/AP/File
US troopers walk through an entrance to Guantánamo's Camp 6 maximum-security detention facility, inside Guantánamo Bay US Naval Base, Cuba, on May 13, 2009. Brennan Linsley/AP/File
Leg shackles are seen on the floor at Camp 6 detention center, at the US Naval Base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on Jan. 21, 2009. Brennan Linsley/Reuters/File
Guard work at Guantánamo's Camp 6 detention center Jan. 21, 2009. The Guantánamo war crimes court came to an abrupt halt on Jan. 21, 2009, as military judges granted President Obama's request to suspend proceedings while he reviewed his predecessor's strategy for prosecuting terrorists. Brennan Linsley/AP/File
A view of a cell at the medium-security prison inside Camp IV at the detention facility in Guantánamo Bay on Aug. 4, 2009. The detention facility, opened after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, became a symbol of detainee abuse and indefinite detention under the George W. Bush administration. President Obama vowed to close the military detention camp, but Congress refused to allow detainees to be transferred to the US. Deborah Gembara/Reuters/File
Guantánamo detainees, in white, and US military guards walk around Camp 4 detention facility at the US Naval Base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Nov. 18, 2008. A federal judge on Nov. 20, 2008, ordered the release of five Algerians held at the US facility and the continued detention of a sixth, in what was called a blow to the Bush administration's policy to keep terrorism suspects locked up without charges. Brennan Linsley/AP/File
The Administrative Review Board room is seen with eye bolts for securing detainees at Camp Delta at the US Naval Base Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on Jan. 18, 2006. The board reviews whether a detainee is a threat, or if he can leave Guantánamo. Joe Skipper/Reuters/File
A yellow plastic conem called a 'prayer conem' is placed in corridors during the Muslim call to prayer at the Guantánamo detention center July 6, 2005. The cones serve to remind guards and non-Muslims to keep their voices low to avoid disturbing those engaged in worship. After criticism from lawmakers and human rights groups, US military leaders at Guantánamo refuted claims of abuse and sought to show off their facilities and illustrate their sensitivity. Deborah Gembara/Reuters/File
One detainee leads a group as they bow during Islamic prayer, in the outdoor common area, at the old Camp Delta 4 medium-security detention camp at Guantánamo Bay on Dec. 4, 2006. In contrast, Camp 6 is a maximum-security facility, where prisoners stay in virtual isolation, and which drove accusations by attorneys and other detainee advocates of much harsher conditions at Guantánamo in the newer section of the detention center. Brennan Linsley/AP/File
A US trooper walks through a common area at Camp 6 at the US Guantánamo detention facility. The unit houses 160 detainees – more than one-third of the total at Guantánamo – and is similar to the highest-security US prisons, even though no one at Guantánamo has yet been convicted of a crime. Brennan Llinsley/AP/File
In recent years, small Uruguay has seized a large slice of the region’s attention. Foreign reporters clamor to interview President José Mujica at his austere farmhouse. International observers scrutinize his social reforms, including a ground-breaking marijuana legalization law. And now President Mujica, a former guerrilla, is turning heads by offering to take in Guantánamo Bay detainees.
Mujica has agreed to give refuge to five detainees, something that would make Uruguay the first country in South America to do so, should the United States accept the gesture.