Amnesty presses US on Guantanamo access, commission

Amnesty presses US on Guantanamo access, commission

[JURIST] Amnesty International [official website] Friday called for the US to open detention centers around the world to UN experts, expressing "deep regret" at the reluctance to to allow human rights experts to visit with detainees. The organization again called on Congress to create a commission to implement a full investigation into US detention and interrogation policies and practices. In a press statement, Amnesty said:

Allowing UN experts full access is a vital part of ensuring the international credibility of such an investigation…Shunning international law and denying detainees basic human rights will not bring security to the USA. It is time for the USA to fully re-engage with the international community in upholding human rights rules which the USA was material in shaping.

In a human rights report last month, Amnesty controversially labeled the Guantanamo detention camp the "gulag of our time." [JURIST report].