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Amnesty International chides US over prisoner treatment

[JURIST] Amnesty International issued a report Wednesday strongly criticizing US treatment of prisoners in Guantanamo, Afghanistan, and Abu Ghraib, and urging an independent investigation into reported abuses. The report asserts that while the US publicly condemns prisoner abuse, it does not practice what it preaches:

The struggle against torture and ill-treatment by agents of the state requires absolute commitment and constant vigilance. It requires stringent adherence to safeguards. It demands a policy of zero tolerance. The US government has manifestly failed in this regard.
In the report, Amnesty calls for an independent commission, possibly with subpoena powers and full access to secret information and agencies, to conduct the inquiry. To further insure impartiality, the report adds, the commission should include international experts. Read the report here. AP has more. Follow news on US prisoner abuse on JURIST's Paper Chase by clicking here (for Abu Ghraib) or here (for Guantanamo).

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