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U.S. Dismisses Amnesty Rights Criticism

26 May 2004 -- The White House today rejected Amnesty International's charges that the U.S.-led war on terrorism has led to widespread human rights abuses in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters that U.S. action has protected the human rights of millions of Iraqis and Afghans. He said the United States is a leader when it comes to protecting human rights.

Amnesty International charged today that the United States has proved that it is "bankrupt of vision and bereft of principle" in its fight against terrorism and invasion of Iraq.

The executive director of Amnesty International USA, William Schultz, said in Washington today: "The U.S. government must change the climate that leads to torture and ill-treatment of detainees. It must cease its contemptuous approach to international law and standards. It must end the use of incommunicado and secret detention, and the dehumanization of detainees."

The report was also critical of human rights abuses in Russia and China.