Guantanamo: US prison is ‘threat’ to Geneva treaties

US prison is ‘threat’ to Geneva treaties


THE United States is undermining international law by unilaterally rejecting demands to grant detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp protection against mistreatment and torture, an influential committee of British MPs has warned.

The Foreign Affairs Committee claims the US is threatening the future of the Geneva Conventions by refusing to recognise the terror suspects interned at the camp as “military combatants” and give them the rights due under the international agreements.

The all-party group issued the warning as part of a critical verdict on conditions after a groundbreaking visit to Guantanamo Bay last September.

They added their weight to claims that suspected terrorists interned at the camp have been subjected to physical and mental abuse amounting to torture by their American captors.

In a wide-ranging report on the controversial facility published today, the committee also complained about substandard facilities at Guantanamo, including limited access to lawyers, education and exercise.

The panel, who were granted a level of access previously reserved for members of the US Congress, said detainees have “almost certainly” been abused at the prison, and urged the UK government to encourage the US to improve treatment.

But they accepted that many detainees “present a real threat to public safety”.

The report urged the UK government to take immediate action to protect the Geneva Conventions, which have governed the treatment of enemy combatants for almost 150 years.

Comment on Global Research Articles on our Facebook page

Become a Member of Global Research

Articles by: Global Research

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are of sole responsibility of the author(s). The Centre for Research on Globalization will not be responsible for any inaccurate or incorrect statement in this article. The Centre of Research on Globalization grants permission to cross-post Global Research articles on community internet sites as long the source and copyright are acknowledged together with a hyperlink to the original Global Research article. For publication of Global Research articles in print or other forms including commercial internet sites, contact: [email protected] contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available to our readers under the provisions of "fair use" in an effort to advance a better understanding of political, economic and social issues. The material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving it for research and educational purposes. If you wish to use copyrighted material for purposes other than "fair use" you must request permission from the copyright owner.

For media inquiries: [email protected]