Conditions at Guantanamo Bay

Defense Dept. Documents Detail Red Cross Comments on Detainee Treatment and Actions Taken in Response

Web Posted: Friday June 18, 2004; 10:30 a.m. ET

These documents, obtained by The Washington Post, outline meetings between representatives of the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) and U.S. Army officers and lawyers at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The memoranda highlight ICRC concerns regarding treatment of detainees and steps taken to accommodate the concerns.

January 21, 2002: A memorandum prepared by the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, details a meeting with Red Cross officials. The document also explains policies governing body searches and the use of female soldiers to escort male detainees to shower facilities at Camp X-Ray.
Initial Observations From ICRC Concerning Treatment of Detainees (PDF)

January 24, 2002: This memorandum from the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate explains the actions taken in response to each of the 29 concerns raised by Red Cross officials after their visit to Camp X-Ray.
Concerns Voiced by the ICRC on Behalf of the Detainees(PDF)

October 9, 2003: A memorandum outlining a meeting where Red Cross officials noted improvements at Camp X-Ray but expressed additional concerns regarding due process rights, the use of caged cells, detainee isolation and detainee repatriation rates.
ICRC Meeting with MG Miller on 09 Oct. 2003 (PDF)

February 2, 2004: This memorandum includes notes from a meeting between military and Red Cross officials at Guantanamo Bay. Red Cross officials visited Camp X-Ray in early February to oversee the departure of juvenile detainees and to visit new prisoners. The discussion references changes in security at Camp X-Ray.
ICRC Meeting From 2 Feb. 2004 (PDF)


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