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UN Rights Panel Rejects Cuban Call for Guantanamo Probe

By VOA News
21 April 2005

The United Nations Human Rights Commission has rejected a Cuban resolution that would have forced a U.N. investigation into alleged human rights violations of detainees in U.S. custody in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The United States holds some 500 prisoners from the international war on terror at Guantanamo. Some have been held for three years without charge.

In a vote Thursday, the U.N. Human Rights Commission rejected the Cuban attempt for a U.N. probe of the facility. Eight panel members voted in favor and 22 were against. There were 23 abstentions.

The opposition was led by European Union countries, who said the United States is already in discussions with U.N. investigators to allow visits to the prison.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.



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