Thursday, February 16, 2006

UN report on Guantanamo Bay detention center

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights released a report today urging the United States to shut down it's detention center at Guantanamo Bay. They issued a 54-page report, in their summary they state:
"that the persons held at Guantanamo Bay are entitled to challenge the legality of their detention before a judicial body and to obtain release if detention is found to lack a proper legal basis. The continuing detention of all persons held at Guantanamo Bay amounts to arbitrary detention, they state, adding that -- where criminal proceedings are initiated against a detainee -- the executive branch of the United States Government operates as judge, prosecutor and defence counsel in violation of various guarantees of the right to a fair trial."
Scott McCellan, White House Press Secretary, responded to the report today in his press briefing. He focused on the United Nations decision not to go to Guantanamo Bay, with two responses: 1st response and 2nd response.

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