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Amnesty International submits memorandum to the US government on torture and Guantánamo

, Index number: AMR 51/096/2006

This document accompanies a major report [AMR 51/093/2006] and calls for the closure of Guantánamo detention camp. On 22 June 2006, the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture came into force after the 20th country ratified it. The UN Committee Against Torture issued its recommendations on 19 May. It found serious violations of the USA's obligations under the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Amnesty International is concerned by the administration's initial negative reaction to the Committee's findings and the organization's memorandum seeks to persuade the government to adopt a more positive stance.

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