May 19, 2006

UN urges US to close “secret prisons”

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations committee against
torture told the United States on Friday it should close any
secret prisons abroad and the Guantanamo Bay facility, saying
they violated international law.

The 10 independent experts, who examined the U.S. record at
home and abroad, also urged the Bush Administration to "rescind
any interrogation technique" that constituted torture or cruel
treatment, citing use of dogs to induce detainees' fear.

The United States "should ensure that no one is detained in
any secret detention facility under its de facto effective
control" and "investigate and disclose the existence of any
such facilities," said the committee, which has no power to
enforce its recommendations.