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Red Cross in talks for full access to US detainees

[JURIST] The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) [official website] said Friday that it is in “intense dialogue” with US authorities to visit all detainees held by the US in the war on terror. The US State Department [official website] confirmed [JURIST report] Thursday that the ICRC does not have access to all detainees, although it is allowed to visit everyone held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. The ICRC is particularly concerned with detainees possibly held in secret locations [JURIST report] in violation of the Geneva Conventions [ICRC materials] after human rights groups accused the CIA of running undisclosed prisons [JURIST report] and secretly transporting detainees through Europe. Jakob Kellenberger, president of the ICRC, fears that secret detention will lead to torture in the undisclosed prisons. Reuters has more.

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