India Intelligence Report

   US Promises to Respect Human Rights



  • European criticisms of US human rights violations increase

  • Draft EU-US statement includes pledge by US President George Bush

  • Draft does not name Guantanamo Bay

With growing complaints from Europeans about US treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, the draft of a final statement prepared for the EU-US summit contained a pledge from US President George Bush that he will respect human rights in the war on terror.

While the text does not specifically mention Guantanamo, the draft says "Consistent with our common values, we will ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply fully with our international obligations, including human rights law, refugee law and international humanitarian law."

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