It is a violation of international law to “disappear” prisoners, and refuse even to let the Red Cross see them. But who cares, so what, and who’s gonna do anything about it?
Not the Red Cross, apparently.
Red Cross Monitors Barred From Guantanamo,
Simon Schorno, a spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross, said the organization was aware that it was not seeing all Guantánamo detainees from 2002, when the detention camp was opened, to 2004. He said the policies outlined in the manual “run counter to the manner in which the I.C.R.C. conducts its detention visits at Guantánamo Bay and around the world.”
He added that Red Cross officials worked with American officials “to resolve this issue confidentially, since gaining access to all detainees in full accordance with its standard practice was paramount.”
The Red Cross KEPT THE VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW SECRET!
Sorry for shouting – I got a bit upset. The story continues,
The Red Cross has been critical of Guantánamo, saying publicly in 2003 that keeping detainees indefinitely without allowing them to know their fate was unacceptable and, in confidential reports, that the physical and psychological treatment of detainees amounted to torture.
So the Red Cross was complicit in these violations of international law.
The Red Cross has been looking worse and worse.