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DOS Cable:Talking Points and Press Guidance for Human Rights Questions Concerning War on Terror Detainees Under U.S. Control

Sept. 11, 2002 | DOS | ACLU-RDI 4089
This State Department cable is directed to the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland for a Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) meeting on September 9-20, 2002. The talking points are as follows: The U.S. remains committed to respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms as we conduct the war against terrorism; We believe that the OSCE should renew its support for the Bucharest Ministerial Plan of Action, which affirms our commitments to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms in the fight against terrorism; In the past year there has been an increase in anti-Semitic incidents throughout the OSCE region; and Enemy combatants are being held in accordance with the law of armed conflict, which permits the United States to hold them for the duration of hostilities.