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Red Cross Urges Due Process in Guantanamo Bay
The head of the International Red Cross
urged the United States Tuesday to start legal proceedings for Afghan
detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and to improve law and order in Iraq.
Jakob Kellenberger, president of organization, made the appeal in meetings
with Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Adviser
Condoleezza Rice, an ICRC statement said.
State Deptment spokeswoman Nancy Beck said Kellenberger requested a
meeting with Powell to discuss the humanitarian situation in Iraq,
especially the aid official's recent visit to Baghdad.
As guardian of the Geneva Conventions on warfare, the Geneva-based ICRC
encourages signatory countries to comply with their obligations toward
occupied countries, war captives and victims of war.
"In relation to Guantanamo, the ICRC president asked the U.S. authorities
to institute due legal process and to make significant changes for the
more than 600 internees held there," the statement said.
"He also outlined the priorities of the ICRC's current and planned
humanitarian activities in Iraq and emphasized the importance of further
improving the security situation and maintaining order throughout the
country," it added.
The neutral body also has long been urging the U.S. military to clarify
the legal status of hundreds of prisoners held at a detention center at
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The U.S. military maintains the detainees are illegal combatants and are
not entitled to prisoner of war status under the Geneva Conventions.
The detainees, who began arriving at the base in eastern Cuba on Jan. 11,
2002, are suspected of links to the ousted Taliban regime in Afghanistan
or the al-Qaida network, but none have been charged.
The ICRC is the only independent group whose officials are allowed to
visit the detainees.
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