Guantanamo: Assessing the Damage

June 2, 2009 | CUNY Lecture Series, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

The disclosure by the International Committee of the Red Cross of the treatment of detainees at Guantánamo Bay has damaged the image of the U.S. and undermined its efforts to end terrorism, say human rights experts. “Without a doubt, torture has taken place,” said David Marshall, human rights officer at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. “And with respect to Vice President Cheney, he doesn’t have the last word on what torture is — the Red Cross and the U.N. do.” Marshall was joined by Stacey Sullivan, counterterrorism advisor at Human Rights Watch and Roland Tricot, an attorney for the European Commission Delegation to the U.N., among others, in a panel discussion entitled, “Assessing Guantánamo: Challenges and Prospects,” at John Jay College for Criminal Justice.
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