Letter from Theo van Boven, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture to U.S. Ambassador Moley re: Status of Detainees Under U.S. Control

This letter is from Theo van Boven, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, concerning the status of detention procedures and the military justice to be applied to certain detainees. Mr. Boven also expresses concern over the release of detainees back to their home countries, if they would face torture or persecution once returned.

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Letter
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Monday, December 8, 2003
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Wednesday, December 29, 2004
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Excellency,
I refer to the meeting I had with Mr. De Laurentls and Mr. Petry of the US Mission 9n 22 October 2003. I presented them with a letter dated 22 Octobeir 2003 containing allegations of torture or Ili-treatment of the following French nationals detained at the Guantanamo ElaV Military Naas. Cuba; Mr.I 31 years old: Mr.1 B6
J2 years old; Mr. 6 years old; end Mr. 22
ors old, I kindly repeat my rogue your Government to clarify me suemence or wise
allegations,

At th, meeting, Mr. De Lauren& and Mr. Pony had undertaken to provide me with
informotion on the system of military Justice applied to In. detainees, including controls,
regulations and plucedurni, lea well as information on how the authorltiam had dealt with
allegations of torture or Ilkreatment. I would be most grateful if this Information could also be
provided to me.

Finally, I have received information that the US authorities may bo preparing to
release around 100 detainaet of different natlonelities, notably also persons of Gains*
origins, from Guantanamo Bay. While the release of the detainem iR watt:some, c:onceM hse
been exprooeed that some detainees may faun human rights abuses, Including torture and
v.rtecutIon, upon return to Limit wuntries. t would apprec4ate receiving tihe commonta of your
Government on these concerns.

Accept, Excellency, the aasurenone of my highest consideration.
Theo vnn Eloven
Special Rapporteur on torture
N.G. Mr. K moley
Ambassador
Permanent Representative of the United StRias at Americo
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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF STATE
1202 Chambeay
REVIEW AUTHORITY: FRANK E SCHMELZER
Fax. 022-749-4580 DATE/CASE ID: 10 DEC 2004 200303827

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