Rights groups concerned that Guantanamo ex-detainees may be tortured

Rights groups concerned that Guantanamo ex-detainees may be tortured

[JURIST] Prisoners released from the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] and returned to their home countries should be closely monitored to prevent their torture at the hands of their governments, according to a group of lawyers, activists, and family members speaking Saturday. A statement issued jointly with Amnesty International [official website] called on the United States to work with the home countries of detainees (especially those in the Middle East) on disclosing the names of released prisoners as well as ensuring their access to lawyers and the Red Cross. This concern for ex-detainees' safety echoes the rationale behind a recent Bush administration decision to delay the repatriation of some detainees [JURIST report]. Reuters has more.