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A prisoner at the Guantanamo dentention center (file photo) (epa)
May 24, 2006 -- The U.S. government has rejected accusations by Amnesty International that the United States has disregarded legal restraints against the use of torture and violated other human rights principles in the war on terror.
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said nobody is being tortured at the U.S. detention center for terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
He also criticized Amnesty International, accusing the human rights group of doing nothing to help Iraqis prosecute former dictator Saddam Hussein.
In its annual report released on May 23, Amnesty International accused the United States of disregarding basic human rights principles and international legal obligations. It cited reports that the United States continues to hold thousands of detainees without charge in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, and in secret detention centers believed to exist in Europe, North Africa, and elsewhere.
(compiled from agency reports)
Police in Moscow arrest human rights demonstrators on February 1 (courtesy photo)
THE RECORD ON RIGHTS: On March 8, the U.S. State Department issued its global report on human rights. According to the report, 15 years after the breakup of the Soviet Union, human rights are improving in many post-communist countries. But problems persist in others, it says, despite the worldwide explosion of information and Western efforts to spread democracy. (more)
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