//The UN denounces the use of torture at Guantanamo

The UN denounces the use of torture at Guantanamo

Five experts of the UN human rights commission accuse the United States, in an upcoming report of which Le Monde has obtained a copy, of acts " equivalent to torture", of "arbitrary detention", as well as "inhuman and degrading treatment" on the military base at Guantanamo Bay, in Cuba, where nearly 520 prisoners accused of links with terrorists have been held for more than four years.  "the American government should close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay without delay", confirm the UN experts.

The initial version of the report, which could be marginally modified before being declared official within the next few days, establishes that "the excessive use of violence in many cases during transport [… ] and the force feeding of prisoners on hunger strike must be considered as being equivalent to torture".  The authors base their statements on testimonies by prisoners’ lawyers according to whom several hunger strikers are subjected to introduction through the nose of thick tubes destined to inject food in their stomach, sometimes until they "vomit blood".

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