July 28, 2006

U.N. rights body tells U.S. to shut “secret” jails

GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. Human Rights Committee told
Washington on Friday it should immediately shut all "secret
detention" facilities and give the International Committee of
the Red Cross access to anybody held in armed conflict.

In its findings on U.S. observance of the United Nation's
main political rights' convention, the committee said it had
"credible and uncontested" information that the United States
had detained people "secretly and in secret places for months
and years."

"The state party (United States) should immediately abolish
all secret detention and secret detention facilities," it said
in its report.