Friday, February 17, 2006

The shame of Gitmo

From Yahoo

A top British judge on Thursday permitted three British residents being held at Guantanamo Bay to take legal action in order to force the government to facilitate their release.

Judge Andrew Collins told London's High Court that the United States' idea of what constituted torture was "not the same as ours and doesn't appear to coincide with that of most civilized countries."

The European Parliament on Thursday (16 February) backed a UN report calling for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp operated by the US in Cuba.

In a resolution passed at a February session in Strasbourg, a majority of MEPs also demanded that prisoners held in the camp be treated in conformity with international law. The resolution was passed with 80 votes in favour, one against and one abstention.

"Guantanamo is a scandal. The founding fathers of the United States must be turning in their graves at the constitutional outrage whereby America practises illegal detention, ill-treatment and even torture," said UK liberal MEP Baroness Sarah Ludford.

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