U.S. Detention Policies Continue to Experience Criticism

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Wednesday, June 1, 2005
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
21
Issue: 
6
227
Abstract: 
The U.S. government published its ten investigative reports on detention abuses while court and administrative proceedings proliferated over individual detention cases. Meanwhile, the UN tried to reach an agreement with the U.S. to undertake fact finding. Human rights groups and some media are calling for truly thorough and independent investigations into the abuses. On April 5, 2005, Manfred Nowak, the UN special investigator on torture, after a meeting with Pierre Prosper, the U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes, said U.S. officials refused to guarantee him the right to speak to detainees in private, an "absolute precondition" for such visit...[more]