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Many Follow U.S. Example on Detainees

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posted on Oct, 24 2006 @ 01:46 AM
The UN special investigator on torture says that the US stance on handling detainees is setting a bad example for other countries. He states that now when he criticizes a government for the way detainees are being treated, they claim they are only doing the the same thing that the US is doing,
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Several governments around the world have tried to rebut criticism of how they handle detainees by claiming they are only following the U.S. example in the war on terror, the U.N. anti-torture chief said Monday.

Manfred Nowak, the U.N. special investigator on torture, said that when he criticizes governments for their questionable treatment of detainees, they respond by telling him that that if the United States does something, it must be all right. He would not name any countries except for Jordan.

``The United States has been the pioneer, if you wish, of human rights and is a country that has a high reputation in the world,'' Nowak told a news conference. ``Today, many other governments are kind of saying, 'But why are you criticizing us, we are not doing something different than what the United States is doing.'''

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This is just what a lot of people feared would happen.

The US has now set a precedent that lowers the expectations on how detainees should be treated and some countries are pointing at the US when they are criticized by the UN about their treatment of detainees. They are asking why the UN is criticizing them when they are only doing what the US is doing.

It used to be that other nations had to raise their standards to match the US's standards. Now they have to lower their standards to be like the US.


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