Red Cross Condemns Torture Bill
Posted on Oct 19, 2006
The International Committee of the Red Cross will contact the White House to address concerns over U.S. torture policy’s compliance with the Geneva Conventions, including: “The very broad definition of who is an ‘unlawful enemy combatant’ and the fact that there is not an explicit prohibition on the admission of evidence attained by coercion….”
ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger said the law raised “questions” about its compliance with the Geneva Conventions on the conduct of war.
He said some points had been ommitted, such as the right to a fair trial and the ban on humiliating and degrading treatment of prisoners.
President Bush signed the law on Tuesday, saying it would say US lives.