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Friday, March 3, 2006

Vatican rebukes US for treatment of Guantánamo prisoners.

Using sharp language, the Vatican is criticizing the US for its treatment of prisoners at Guantánamo. In an interview with the Italian news agency ANSA, Cardinal Renato Martino charged that 'human dignity is not being fully respected in that prison.' Martino has just returned from a trip to Cuba.

"Is not the trampling of man's dignity a violation of human rights? Everyone has a right to a fair trial. Wherever in the world inmates are being held in such conditions, without even knowing the charges they face, we will not fail to defend them," said the cardinal, who heads the Vatican's Justice and Peace department.

"I would like to stress that even those who have committed crimes are still human beings and as such their dignity must be respected," said the cardinal.

When asked by ANSA whether human rights organizations or the families of Guantánamo prisoners had asked the Vatican to intercede with the US goverment, the cardinal refused comment.

One of the most interesting aspects of this story is that it's now 13 hours since ANSA released its story on the Vatican comments, and no US media outlet that we can find has picked up the story. I only found out about it via the English-language Chilean blog, USA Watch, which posted the text of Agence France Presse's story on the Martino interview.

It's going to be interesting to see whether the story gets any US play at all.

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