New Report: Detainees Describe Religous Degradation
Human Rights First has printed some newly declassified notes of U.S. lawyers, made during interviewes with their clients at Guantanamo. The detainees describe the use of tactics by interrogators intended to degrade their religious beliefs. Here is a direct link to their stories. (pdf.)
“In detention centers around the world, the United States has been humiliating Muslim prisoners by offending their religious beliefs,” said Reed Brody, special counsel for Human Rights Watch.
The group also asserts that Newsweek is not to blame for the riots and deaths in Afghanistan that occurred in the wake of it's article:
“The damage in the riots was directly caused by violent protestors and poorly disciplined Afghan police and troops, not by Newsweek’s editors,” said Brody. Human Rights Watch noted that the Newsweek story would not have resonated had it not been for the United States’ extensive abuse of Muslim detainees.
As for repairing the image of the U.S. in the Arab World,
"If the U.S. government wants to repair the public relations damage caused by its mistreatment of detainees, it needs to investigate those who ordered or condoned this abuse, not attack those who have reported on it. " Reed Brody, special counsel for Human Rights Watch.
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