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

officials were relying on Appendix M of the 2006 Army Field Manual on Human Intelligence Collector Operations (AFM). That appendix authorizes the use of two of the tactics—sleep deprivation and isolation—allegedly being applied to detainees. The use of temperature manipulation is prohibited by the AFM. Since the release of the current AFM in September 2006, PHR has led the effort to rescind Appendix M.

“As long as Appendix M remains in effect, there is an asterisk next to the Obama administration’s claim that it does not authorize torture,” stated John Bradshaw, Washington Director of Physicians for Human Rights. “Appendix M’s approval of sleep manipulation and isolation is a green light for the abuse of the health and human rights of detainees in US custody. The abuses allowed under Appendix M—and any others still practiced—must come to an end.”

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) mobilizes the health professions to advance the health and dignity of all people by protecting human rights. As a founding member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, PHR shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize.

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