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UN source says US admits torture in Iraq, Afghanistan, Gitmo

[JURIST] A member of the UN Committee against Torture [official website], speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP Friday that the US has acknowledged to the United Nations for the first time that instances of prisoner torture have occured in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay. In a report to the Committee, the US admitted isolated incidents of torture committed by low-ranking members of the military that resulted in the guilty parties being punished. "They haven't avoided anything in their answers," AFP quotes the source as saying. The documents will be made public when Committee hearings are held in May 2006 to monitor adherence to the Convention against Torture and Other Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment [text]. Word of the acknowledgement of torture comes after a day after a UN investigator complained of US delays [JURIST report] in allowing a UN visit to Guantanamo. AFP has more.

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