UN Panel: U.S. Should Close Secret Detention Centers

The United Nations called on the U.S. to shut secret detention facilities and faulted the Bush administration for human rights abuses including failing to allow the Red Cross access to prisoners held in the war on terrorism.

The U.S. ''should immediately abolish all secret detention and secret detention facilities'' as well as ''grant prompt access'' by the International Committee of the Red Cross to prisoners, says the 12-page report, published today. The U.S. must also stop transferring prisoners to countries where there is a risk they will be tortured and ''acknowledge the applicability'' of international law for individuals.


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