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UN calls on US to define legal status of Afghan, Iraqi detainees

[JURIST] Concluding its 82nd session in Geneva, the UN Human Rights Committee asked the United States on Friday to delineate the legal status of inmates in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, and Iraq. The US, which has been sharply criticized by human rights groups for abuses, is six years overdue on its regular report to the Committee on its compliance with the 1976 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Reports are generally due every four years and cover such topics as protection of the right to life, self-determination and due process, and freedom of movement, expression and religion. Brooks Robinson, spokeswoman at the US diplomatic mission in Geneva, said that Washington will file its report in the next few months and that the response will address relevant activities of the US armed forces. Reuters has more.

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