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    Thursday, June 23, 2005

    UN Cites Reliable Accounts of US Torture

    Stardate 4137.5

    Experts seek access to terror suspects held at Guantanamo Bay

    MSNBC - Geneva - U.N. human rights experts seeking to visit the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay said Thursday they have reliable accounts of torture of the suspected terror detainees being held there.

    The four experts said the United States had not responded to their numerous requests to check on the conditions of terror suspects at the U.S. base in Cuba.

    They said their request for a visit was "based on information, from reliable sources, of serious allegations of torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of detainees, arbitrary detention, violations of their right to health and their due process rights."

    “Many of these allegations have come to light through declassified (U.S.) government documents," they said.

    These experts who are independant of the UN but report to them on various different human rights issues made their latest request way back in April. A US spokeswoman said the request was "still being reviewed" in Washington.

    Personally I cannot see the US letting anyone like this near those prisons, at least not without a heck of a lot of preparation. Especially considering their views on the UN as a body, and their recent nomination of Bolton as their UN representative.

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