Skip to comments.UN Rights Envoys Condemn Bush Plan On Interrogation
Posted on 09/21/2006 12:20:34 PM PDT by EagleUSA
GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations human rights investigators said on Thursday that legislation proposed by President Bush for tough interrogations of foreign terrorism suspects would breach the Geneva Conventions.
In a statement to the U.N. Human Rights Council, the five independent envoys also said Washington's admission of secret detention centres abroad pointed to "very serious human rights violations in relation to the hunt for alleged terrorists."
They again called for the closure of the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where hundreds of foreign terrorism suspects are being held, alleging continued violations of international law on torture and arbitrary detention.
Despite U.S. declarations of intent to shut Guantanamo, Washington had done nothing yet and was even planning to open a new cell bloc at the end of this month, they said.
"We call on the government to close down the Guantanamo Bay detention center and, until that time, to refrain from any practice amounting to torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment," they said.
The statement was read out by Leila Zerrougui, the Algerian chairwoman of the U.N. working group on arbitrary detention.
She is one of the five investigators who have tried since June 2004 to visit Guantanamo detainees. Washington has said it would allow three of them to go for one day, but not to see prisoners privately, a key demand of the investigators.
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What part of treason, despotism and deceit do you not understand??
In addition, what part of the Geneva Convention applies to people who are not signatories of the Convention?? But of course, taking advantage of the ill-informed is that status quo methodology of the left....
This same UN group also exaggerated the number of deaths for August.
We should just chop off the terrorists heads.
The UN has no problem with that.
The United Nations? Just the mention of the United Nations makes me giggle.
Ohhhhhhh, but according to Ahmadinejad's speech at the UN this week the US pulls all the strings at te UN.
I can't believe that I have to agree with yesterdays remarks from Chavez that the UN get moved out of the US.
Any organization that allows Syria on it's comittee is NOT work wasting any time on. The Geneva Convention does NOT in any way shape or form cover Terrorists. You do not have to be an expert in International Law to understand it. You can read it here and see for yourself. It has nothing at all ever remorely resembeling a rule that can be twisted to cover those who are Terrorists. They are illegal combantants.
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It makes me BARF!
Last time I checked, Al Queda has yet to sign the Geneva Convention. And if they did, none of what the President is recommending would be considered torture. However, this person might consider 'beheading' to be torture....
We Americans have a butt load of reasons to be pissed off these days, huh?
We need to lob one at somebody then stand back and watch.
Hey U.N.,SCR*W YOU,terrorists have NO rights!