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Christian group says US violating international law at Guantanamo Bay

[JURIST] The World Council of Churches (WCC) [official website], a global organization for non-Catholic Christians, accused the United States on Monday of violating international law in its treatment of Guantanamo Bay detainees. The detainees "are held without due process and in total violation of the norms and standards of international humanitarian and human rights law," according to Monday's WCC statement [text]. The statement was supported by the US National Council of Churches (NCC) [official website], which unites 36 Christian communities across the nation. The statement further called for all NCC churches to educate their congregations on the Guantanamo Bay situation to urge followers to call "for the release of those being held in detention under inhuman conditions." The denouncement of the treatment of Guantanamo detainees may earn special attention from President Bush, who is a fervent Christian, and has often publicly invoked his religious beliefs. Reuters has more.

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