posted on Apr, 21 2005 @ 10:17 AM
The U.N. decided it would not accept a Cuban proposal to investigate alleged abuse of detainees by the United States at a U.S. Navel Base in
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. With more countries abstaining as approving the vote, the U.S. will not face a United Nations investigation.
GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N. Human Rights Commission rejected Cuba's attempt Thursday to force an investigation into the treatment of detainees at the
U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay.
The vote on Cuba's resolution was 22-8, with 23 other nations abstaining. The other nations supporting the failed effort by Cuba were China,
Zimbabwe, South Africa, Sudan, Malaysia, Guatemala and Mexico.
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The United States has avoided a request "to authorize an impartial and independent fact-finding mission" to the military base. The U.S. has
repeatedly denied allegations of abuse, stating a reputation of leadership in worldwide human rights. Some of those voting against the request stated
that the United States has begun to resolve the allegations internally thourgh recent court actions. Others have cited allowed visits by the
International Red Cross to detainees in Guantanomo.
Critics claim the United States has setup a camp to house political and national security enemies, without providing the detainees a due process of
law. At least one Cuban delegate blaims the initiative's failure on an atmosphere of fear towards the U.S.
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[edit on 21-4-2005 by cohiba]