Guantanamo 'better than Belgian jails'

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    INMATES at Guantanamo Bay prison are treated better than in Belgian jails, an expert for Europe's biggest security organisation said today after a visit to the controversial US detention centre in Cuba.

    But Alain Grignard, deputy head of Brussels' federal police anti-terrorism unit, said holding people for many years without telling them what would happen to them is in itself "mental torture".
    "At the level of the detention facilities, it is a model prison, where people are better treated than in Belgian prisons," said Mr Grignard.

    He served as expert on a visit to Guantanamo Bay last week by a group of politicians from the assembly of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

    Mr Grignard's comments came less than a month after a UN report said Guantanamo prison detainees faced treatment amounting to torture.

    Many of the 500 inmates in the prison at the US naval base in Cuba have been held for four years without trial. The prisoners were mainly detained in Afghanistan and are held as pat of President George W. Bush's "war on terror".

    Mr Grignard told a news conference prisoners' right to practice their religion, food, clothes and medical care were better than in Belgian prisons.
    "I know no Belgian prison where each inmate receives its Muslim kit," Mr Grignard said.

    Mr Grignard said Guantanamo was not "idyllic", but he had noticed dramatic improvements each time he visited the facility over the past two years.

    The head of the OSCE lawmakers in the delegation said she was happy with the medical facilities at the camp, adding she believed they had been improved recently.

    Anne-Marie Lizin, chair of the Belgian Senate, told reporters at the same news conference she saw no point in calling for immediate closure of the detention camp.

    "There needs to be a timetable for closure," said Ms Lizin, but asking for immediate closure would have been unrealistic.

    UN investigators last month demanded that the US government close the prison without further delay, alleging a host of violations of human rights and torture.

    They did not visit the site because they were not allowed to conduct interviews with prisoners.

    Ms Lizin said the OSCE parliamentary delegation was also unable to talk to prisoners but had discussed the situation with the International Red Cross, which has access to them.

    The OSCE plans to prepare a report by the end of May, touching on the delegation's concerns including the legal situation of detainees, Ms Lizin said.

    The US is a member of the 55-country OSCE.


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    I tell ya its better than the fleet, fox hole or the tent.
     
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    These people are, at BEST POW`S`, at worst, terrorist, and could be shot.

    One doesn`t find themselves at this facility because of bank robbery, and for all purposes, don`t have legal rights.

    I wonder what part of," NO LEGAL RIGHTS", the lib`s don`t understand? :read:

    American`s can only dream of receiving treatment near the level, that these people receive.
     

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