Friday, November 18, 2005

UN Torture Inspectors Reject Rubber-Stamp Tour of Guantánamo

"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 at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility," [the UN's panel of experts] said in a statement.

Special rapporteur Martin Nowak said that the US's stance compared poorly with that of China, which had allowed unrestricted access to its jails.

Amnesty spokesperson Neil Durkin said the absence of full scrutiny at the camp heightened the risk of abuse.

"If the Americans say they're running a clean operation why do they not allow the UN specialist on torture to visit?"
[Bolding added.]

The rejection of the US's proposed visit terms by United Nations special rapporteur on torture Martin Nowak followed just days after Bush exhorted China to meet "the legitimate demands of its citizens for freedom and openness" at a press conference in Japan. (Jon Stewart, are you getting this?)

Wouldn't you just like to be a fly on the wall when Bush meets with Chinese President Hu Jintao on Saturday. I wonder if "freedom and openness" or comparitive human rights records will come up. I bet it will be a real friendly chat. Real friendly.

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