HUMAN RIGHTS -- U.N. REPORT FINDS UNITED STATES IS ABUSING DETAINEES:
A new United Nations report on the nearly 500 detainees at Guantanamo Bay "concludes that the U.S. treatment of them violates their rights to physical and mental health and, in some cases, constitutes torture." The report's authors, who were not allowed access to the prisoners, call on the United States to shut down the Guantanamo Bay prison and allow the detainees to go to trial, arguing that the U.S. justification for continued detention is a "distortion of international law." Manfred Nowak, the U.N. special rapporteur on torture and one of the U.N. envoys, said his team was "'particularly concerned' about the force-feeding of hunger strikers through nasal tubes that detainees said were brutally inserted and removed, causing intense pain, bleeding and vomiting."
From American Progress: The Progress Report