Amnesty International calls for Gitmo inspections to settle abuse claims

[JURIST] Amnesty International Secretary-General Irene Khan [profile] said Thursday that the US could settle disagreements about alleged abuses of prisoners at its Guantanamo Bay detention camp [JURIST news archive] and other facilities by opening them to inspections by human rights investigators. AI criticized Guantanamo [advocacy site] in a report released earlier this month, calling it the "gulag of our time." On Wednesday, President Bush called the report "absurd" [JURIST report]; his comments were echoed later in the day by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who nonetheless acknowledged that some prisoners in US custody had been mistreated [JURIST report]. Khan, speaking in Japan, also criticized the US death penalty, against which Amnesty has long campaigned. AP has more.



 

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