U.S. Hasn’t Curbed Torture: Report
Posted on May 3, 2006
Amnesty International’s report says the U.S. has failed to eradicate “widespread” torture in its jails in Iraq, Afghanistan and Cuba. Also, no senior U.S. officials have been held accountable for the practices.
The United States has failed to eradicate “widespread” torture of prisoners in its war on terrorism despite the international outcry over the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and abusive behavior at U.S. detention facilities in Cuba and Afghanistan, Amnesty International charged Wednesday.
The London-based human rights organization made its criticism in a report to the U.N. Committee against Torture, which will start meeting in Geneva this week to consider American compliance with the U.N. convention against torture and other cruel forms of punishment.
“Evidence continues to emerge of widespread torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of detainees held in U.S. custody in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Iraq and other locations,” the report said.
Amnesty International charged that no senior American officials have been held accountable for incidences of torture or ill-treatment and said legislation passed by Congress in 2005 has “serious limitations.”