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DOS Cable re: U.S. Government Response to Opinion No. 5/2003 of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

Aug. 5, 2003 | DOS | ACLU-RDI 4332
State Department cable on addressing the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention report that was critical of the U.S. and the detention of Taliban and Al-Qaeda fighters in Guantanamo. The cable instructs the U.S. representatives that the "U.S. Respectfully Disagrees With the Opinion No. 5/2003 Dated May 8, 2003, and the Communication Dated January 8, 2003 of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions. "Notwithstanding the fact that the detainees at Guantanamo are unlawful enemy combatants, the armed forces of the U.S. are treating and will continue to treat the detainees humanely and, to the extent appropriate and consistent with the principles of the Geneva Convention... the detainees will not be subject to physical or mental abuse or cruel treatment." Finally, the cable points out that the Working Group’s mandate does not include competence to address the issue of the Geneva Conventions or matters arising therefrom.