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Human rights group publishes list of 'ghost detainees' held by US

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday released a list of 26 "ghost detainees" [text], terror suspects that HRW alleges the US has not reported but is holding incommunicado and is possibly torturing. Many of the people on the list are suspected of involvement in past terror attacks, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile], the alleged Sept. 11 attacks mastermind, and Ramzi bin al-Shibh, a suspected al Qaeda member and roommate of a Sept. 11 hijacker. HRW argued that the US has not reported any of the detainees to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) [official website] or allowed the ICRC to visit them, and none of the 26 have been charged. HRW said that its list of secret detainees was likely incomplete. According to HRW, US officials have suggested to reporters anonymously that some of the detainees have been tortured, while reports have also surfaced [JURIST report] of secret CIA detention facilities in Europe. The US State Department said Wednesday that it would respond soon to an EU letter expressing concern [JURIST report] about reports of the facilities. HRW has a news release on the detainees. AFP has more.

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