“The administration’s response has been that our report is absurd, that our allegations have no basis, and our answer is very simple: if that is so, open up these detention centers, allow us and others to visit them,” Amnesty International Secretary General Irene Zubaida Khan told a news conference.
“Transparency is the best antidote to misinformation and incorrect facts,” said Khan, who is here to meet with Japanese officials.
The United States holds about 520 men at Guantanamo, where they are denied rights accorded under international law to prisoners of war.
Many have been held without charge for more than three years.
Khan rejected a suggestion that Amnesty’s use of the emotive term “gulag” had turned the debate into one over semantics, and distracted attention from the situation in the detention centers.
“What we wanted to do was to send a strong message that … this sort of network of detention centers that has been created as part of this war on terrorism is actually undermining human rights in a dramatic way which can only evoke some of the worst features of human rights scandals of the past,” she said.
“I don’t think people have got off the hook yet.”
Right wing bullying only works when we let it. Good on them for keeping the issue in front of people and not getting into a lot of mealy-mouthed explaining and backtracking. Good on them for defending without being defensive.
Don’t back down. Not. One. Inch. That’s how you beat these guys.