Ex US Diplomat Decries US Human Rights Violations

Havana, Jan 9 (Prensa Latina) US former diplomat Ann Wright,
speaking in Havana Tuesday, denounced her government s violation of
human rights by approving a law legitimizing torture of war prisoners.

The so-called Military Commissions Act of 2006 legalizes the
global CIA torture program and allows the US military to violate Geneva
agreements on cruel and humiliating treatment of a prisoner.

I m horrified at all the things the White House does in
different parts of the world, like US military prison at the US Naval
Base in Guantanamo, Cuba, where more than 700 men and women have been
imprisoned, said Wright, also a retired US Army Reserve colonel.

Wright stressed that of all the prisoners held in
Guantanamo, only five percent were captured in the United States, while
the rest were “bought,” a reference to the reward offered for their

According to the former ambassador to Kabul, the United
States US has had to release nearly 400 prisoners from Guantanamo Naval
Base for lack of charges, but without giving them even an apology for
keeping them there under torture and cruel treatment.

We are demanding the analysis and abolishment of the 2006
Military Commission Act, the closing of the US military prison at the
US Naval Base in Guantanamo, Cub, and those prisoners presumed to be
guilty to be processed with evidence in a trial under the laws of our
country, Wright emphasized.

Ann Wright served for 29 years in the US Army Reserve until
she retired as a colonel in 1996. She then served 16 years as a US
diplomat and resigned in March 2003 in opposition to the war in Iraq..

Wright arrived in Havana as a member of a delegation of US
pacifists also integrated by “peace mom” Cindy Sheehan; Asif Iqbal,
former Guantanamo prisoner; Bill Goodman legal director of Center for
Constitutional Rights, Adele Welty of September Eleventh Families for
Peaceful Tomorrows, Medea Benjamin, leader of Code Pink peace
activists; Tiffany Burns of Gold Star Families for Peace, and Zohra
Zewawi and Taher Deghayes, mother and brother of Guantanamo prisoner
Omar Deghayes.


Filed in: Advocacy, Media Coverage, Rule of Law: Guantanamo and Civil Liberties

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