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Amnesty Calls For Probe Of U.S. Abuses


27 October 2004 -- The human rights group Amnesty International has renewed its call for the United States to set up a thorough and independent investigation of abuses of prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects, in Afghanistan, and at the Abu Ghurayb prison in Iraq.

In a new report, Amnesty International accuses U.S. authorities of tolerating abuses of prisoners in the war against terrorism.

The report accuses the U.S. government of having a "war mentality," and says the government has fallen short of the standards of rule of law and human rights that it routinely applies to other governments.

No response from U.S. government officials was immediately available.

Amnesty International denied that the release of the report was connected to the 2 November U.S. presidential election.

(AP/AFP)
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