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Guantanamo conditions 'considerably' improved: Red Cross

[JURIST] Jakob Kellenberger, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross [official website], said Tuesday that ICRC recommendations to US officials have resulted in considerable improvements in detention conditions at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Kellenberger told Swiss newspaper Tribune de Geneve, however, that problems remain with the terms of detention [TG report, in French] at Guantanamo, referring to ICRC's disagreement with US officials on whether Guantanamo detainees are entitled to full Geneva Convention protections [ICRC materials].

The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has called for international pressure [JURIST report] on the US to shut down the facility due to documented human rights violations [OHCHR report, PDF]. The US is scheduled to defend its rights records before the UN Committee against Torture next week, and the committee has indicated it intends to question the US on the treatment of prisoners detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST report]. AFP has more.

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