US accused of genocide and torture

The chairman of the Turkish parliament's human rights committee has accused the United States of genocide and torture in its global battle against "terrorism".

    Bush's America has invaded two countries since 2001

    Since the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington,

    Mehmet Elkatmis said "the United States has distanced itself from

    the principles of freedom".

    Speaking at a seminar on Thursday organised by the International Federation

    for Human Rights (FIDH), he said Washington had "committed genocide"

    in the countries where it had intervened militarily in the two years

    since the 2001 attacks.

    It had also tortured prisoners, he said, including some 600

    al-Qaida suspects held at the Guantanamo Bay US naval base in Cuba.

    Repression

    Many of the Guantanamo prisoners have been detained for almost two years since their capture during the US-led war in Afghanistan, without being charged or given access to legal advice.

    Washington is now "in no position to speak about human rights",

    added Elkatmis, who is a member of Turkey's ruling Justice and

    Development party.

    The global rights federation also warned of growing abuses in

    the wake of September 11.

    "Under the pretext of combating terrorism and deterring its

    organisers, repression has been increasing for the past two years,"

    it said.

    SOURCE: AFP


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