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UN rights panel says US late filing report on treatment of detainees

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Committee [official website] said Friday that the US will be late in submitting a report on its anti-terrorist measures, including the treatment of prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. The UN received a letter from US officials informing them that "they are not in a position to submit their report by the time of the committee's 84th session." The panel initially asked Washington to provide details in July 2004 about the measures taken since the September 11, 2001 attacks including implementation of the Patriot Act and detention facility practices inside and outside the US. One committee member said the US has promised the panel a report by year's end, though the panel wants a report by October 2005. In a ststement [text] later Friday, the US State Department said:

The United States continues to work on a report of its implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. In May of this year, the United States submitted its report on the implementation of the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Since that time, we have concentrated our efforts on completing the ICCPR report, which we hope to submit to the Human Rights Committee as soon as possible.
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