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Gitmo conditions "worsening"

The US Administration continues to peddle the line that all is well at Gitmo and prisoners well treated. As if anyone would still believe anything what either the Americans or Australians say on the topic.

More reliable must surely be Amnesty International's assessment of the situation as reported by BBC News:

"Conditions for detainees at the US military jail at Guantanamo Bay are deteriorating, with the majority held in solitary confinement, a report says.
Amnesty International said the often harsh and inhumane conditions at the camp were "pushing people to the edge".

It called for the facility to be closed and for plans for "unfair" military commission trials to be abandoned.

Many of the 385 inmates have been held for five years or more, unable to mount a legal challenge to their detention.

"While the United States has an obligation to protect its citizens... that does not relieve the United States from its responsibilities to comply with human rights," the report said."

It would be interesting to know how A-G Ruddock's would respond to this newest allegation. Ruddock is a member of Amnesty and always bears its badge on his lapel. So, Ruddock would presumably not question the Amenesty's assessment given that he is a seemingly proud member of the organisation.

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