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ICRC REPORT ON THE TREATMENT OF FOURTEEN "HIGH VALUE DETAINEES" IN CIA CUSTODY

February 2007

6. FUTURE USE OF THE CIA DETENTION PROGRAM

According to information provided to the ICRC by the US authorities, no persons were held in the CIA detention program as of October 2006. Nevertheless, in his speech of 6 September 2006, President Bush made clear that the CIA detention program had not been discontinued and could again be used in the future.

The ICRC is concerned by the maintenance or resumption of any type of undisclosed detention, particularly in view of the information described in the body of this report, including the legal aspects. It urges the US authorities to end the practice of undisclosed detention.

Without prejudice to this position, the ICRC requests that, should persons nevertheless be held in the CIA detention program in the future, it be notified of their detention and be granted access to conduct its traditional visits to the persons detained. In addition, it urges the authorities to ensure that conditions of detention and treatment are humane.20 Finally, the ICRC wishes to remind the CIA that persons whose continued detention is deemed necessary for imperative reasons of security should be afforded an independent and impartial review of deprivation of liberty that appropriately addresses their status. Review processes should enable the internees to challenge the reasons for their continued internment by application of appropriate procedural safeguards21



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