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2006-05-19 03:27:41

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 in Cuba, saying they violated international law. The 10 independent experts, who examined the U.S. record at home and abroad, also urged President George W. Bush's administration to "rescind any interrogation technique" that constituted torture or cruel treatment, citing use of dogs to terrify detainees. The United...

2006-05-19 03:09:10

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...

2006-05-18 22:38:10

By Mica Rosenberg GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemala's government said for the first time on Thursday it wanted to investigate the disappearances of some 45,000 civilians during a bloody civil war and hoped to prosecute those responsible. Senior officials will work with rights groups to create an investigative body dedicated to probing cases of students and supposed communist sympathizers who were systematically detained and who disappeared during the 1960-1996 conflict....

2006-05-16 11:39:10

By Mark John BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Inquiries into allegations that CIA flights through Europe carried people to countries where they faced possible torture are encountering a stonewall by officials, a U.N. official said on Tuesday. Martin Scheinin, the U.N. special rapporteur on human rights issues related to the fight against terrorism, said it could be decades before the full truth about the allegations emerged. "There is a stonewall," he said of the lack of firm evidence turned...

2006-05-16 01:09:27

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police had a better rate of success at cracking murder cases last year than either the United States or Britain, officials said on Monday, strongly denying that forced confessions were behind the good results. Of the more than 30,000 murder cases in China in 2005, almost 90 percent were solved, and the number of people murdered per 100,000 of the population was only just over 2, far less than the 5.6 figure in the United States, police...

2006-05-08 13:08:12

By Richard Waddington GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States has put on trial more than 100 armed forces' staff accused of prisoner abuse in Afghanistan and Iraq, twice the number asserted by rights groups, a U.S. official said on Monday. Defending U.S. policy before the United Nations' Committee against Torture, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Charles Stimson said all allegations of mistreatment of detainees were investigated. Figures provided to the committee by U.S.-based...

2006-05-05 09:25:00

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States on Friday defended its treatment of foreign terrorism suspects held abroad, telling a U.N. committee it backed a ban on torture and stressing there had been "relatively few actual cases of abuse." John Bellinger, legal adviser at the State Department, said the Bush administration was "absolutely committed to uphold its national and international obligations to eradicate torture." "There are no exceptions to this prohibition," he said....

2006-05-05 04:25:50

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States on Friday defended its treatment of foreign terrorism suspects held abroad, telling a U.N. committee it backed a ban on torture and there had been "relatively few actual cases of abuse." John Bellinger, legal adviser at the State Department, said the Bush administration was "absolutely committed to uphold its national and international obligations to eradicate torture." Lobby groups including Amnesty International and Human...

2006-05-05 03:21:43

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States defended on Friday its treatment of foreign terrorism suspects held abroad, telling the U.N. torture committee that there had been "relatively few actual cases of abuse." In prepared remarks obtained by Reuters, John Bellinger, State Department legal adviser, declared that the Bush administration is "absolutely committed to uphold its national and international obligations to eradicate torture." Bellinger, head of the U.S. delegation to the...

2006-05-04 12:03:25

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Two more human rights groups on Thursday accused Washington of allowing the torture of foreign terrorism suspects as the United States braced for its record to be scrutinized by an influential U.N. committee. A U.S. delegation, which will appear before the U.N. Committee against Torture on Friday, should address allegations about interrogation methods and secret overseas prisons, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.