Report on US treatment of prisoners [Amnesty International] News
Report on US treatment of prisoners [Amnesty International]

Human dignity denied: Torture and accountability in the 'war on terror', Amnesty International, October 27, 2004 [report criticizing US treatment of prisoners in Guantanamo, Afghanistan, and Abu Ghraib, and urging an independent investigation into reported abuses]. Excerpt:

The struggle against torture and ill-treatment by agents of the state requires absolute commitment and constant vigilance. It requires stringent adherence to safeguards. It demands a policy of zero tolerance. The US government has manifestly failed in this regard. At best, it set the conditions for torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment by lowering safeguards and failing to respond adequately to allegations of abuse raised by Amnesty International and others from early in the "war on terror". At worst, it has authorized interrogation techniques which flouted the country's international obligation to reject torture and ill-treatment under any circumstances and at all times.

Read the full text of the report here. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here.