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President Obama Must Investigate Reports of Detainee Abuse at Bagram Air Base
Date:5/11/2010

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today called on President Obama to investigate BBC News reports that detainees being held by US forces at an undisclosed second detention facility at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan are allegedly being subjected to prolonged isolation, temperature manipulation, and sleep deprivation.

Cambridge, MA (Vocus) -- Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today called on President Obama to investigate BBC News reports that detainees being held by US forces at an undisclosed second detention facility at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan are allegedly being subjected to prolonged isolation, temperature manipulation, and sleep deprivation.

Those techniques—whether applied alone or in combination—can qualify as torture under US and international law, as demonstrated in the 2007 analysis by PHR and Human Rights First entitled Leave No Marks: Enhanced Interrogation Techniques and the Risk of Criminality and numerous US State Department human rights reports.

“These techniques, regardless of which administration employs them, constitute torture,” stated Frank Donaghue, CEO of Physicians for Human Rights. “President Obama has said that he has ended the previous administration’s use of torture. Until these reports are fully investigated and these tactics are explicitly prohibited, the president’s statements ring hollow.”

It is not yet clear under what authority, if any, the abusive techniques allegedly used at Bagram were approved, but it is possible that
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