UN human rights representatives call off visit to Guantanamo

UN human rights representatives call off visit to Guantanamo

[JURIST] United Nations [official website] human rights representatives Friday rejected an offer to visit the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] after US officials formally refused their demand for unconditional access to the detainees [JURIST report] earlier this week. The envoys from the UN Commission on Human Rights [official website]had wanted free access [JURIST report] to interview the 500 prisoners currently being held. They released a statement [text] saying, "We deeply regret that the United States government did not accept the standard terms of reference for a credible, objective and fair assessment of the situation of the detainees. Under the circumstances, we will not be traveling to Guantanamo Bay naval station." Reuters has more.