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UN torture investigator complains of US delays in approving Gitmo visit

[JURIST] Manfred Nowak [ICJ profile], the UN special investigator on torture, complained Thursday that the US was stalling on his request to visit detainees at Guantanamo [JURIST news archive]. A US spokeswoman denied any delay, however, and put the lack of response to the mid-April request down to the request review process, which involves the White House, Congress, and the courts. So far, only the International Committee of the Red Cross has been allowed to visit the prison [JURIST report]. Allegations of abuse in their report to the US government were leaked, but the Red Cross would not confirm or deny them. UN human rights investigators have been trying to visit Guantanamo since 2002. The UN has issued this statement on the visitation delay. AP has more.

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