Amnesty International Reports to U.N. on Torture and Abuse
Interview with Joshua Rubenstein, northeast regional director of Amnesty International USA, conducted by Scott Harris
A report issued by Amnesty International May 3, asserts that torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of detainees by U.S. forces is widespread and in many cases sanctioned by high-level government officials. The 32,000-word report was released prior to the beginning of hearings in Geneva on U.S. compliance with the U.N. Convention Against Torture.
Amnesty says that evidence continues to emerge that prisoners held by the U.S. are subjected to torture in American-run facilities in Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Iraq and other locations. The report goes on to say that there is clear evidence that much of the physical and psychological ill-treatment has stemmed directly from officially sanctioned procedures and policies, including interrogation techniques approved by Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld for use in Guantánamo and later exported to Iraq.
At least 34 detainees who died in U.S. custody have been classified by the Pentagon as suspected homicides. But Amnesty believes that the number may well be higher due to cover-ups. Britain's Attorney General Lord Goldsmith has recently joined Amnesty and other human rights groups in calling for the closure of America's Guantanamo, Cuba detention center. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Joshua Rubenstein, northeast regional director of Amnesty International USA, who summarizes his group's report on U.S. torture.
Contact Amnesty by calling (212) 807-8400 or visit their Web site at www.amnestyusa.org
Amnesty International Report on U.S. Torture
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