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UPDATED: 17:03, February 20, 2006
Comment: Accusation from a movie
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"The prison at Guantanamo Bay should be closed down." This is the call from the victims and all the more the overwhelming demand from the international community.

Stirring quite a sensation, "The Road to Guantanamo", a movie that portraits the cruel abuse of the suspected al-Qaeda terrorists, won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 56th Berlin International Film Festival on Sunday.

The movie, directed by the British Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross, tells the inhumane treatment suffered by three untried British Muslims on their way to as well as in the Guantanamo prison. The three, all from the British small town of Tipton, were detained at Guantanamo for over two years before they were set free in 2004. In the movie they were both narrators and actors. They were beaten by the U.S. soldiers, imprisoned alone, forbidden to pray, and were forced to admit that they were al-Qaeda members.

After the screening, the heroes of the movie, Shafiq Rasul and Asif Iqbal appeared at the press conference with the directors. They condemned the maltreatment of the detainees at Guantanamo, saying they had accused U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other officials. There're still over 500 people under detainment without any accusation. In fact, in such a place, one has no way to prove innocence.

Although the United States boasts as the country that values human rights most, the scandals against human rights one after another have been condemned by the international community.

Recently, the United Nations released a report specially stating that the U.S. government must abandon all the cruel, inhumane means of interrogation and physical punishment, and immediately abolish the "special interrogation techniques" approved by the U.S. Department of Defense.

On the issue of Guantanamo, world leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan made statements one after another, demanding the prison at Guantanamo Bay be closed down immediately and urging the United States to either conduct trials on the detainees or free them as soon as possible. Even British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who's always sided with the United States, made public that Guantanamo prison should be closed down.

At present, the U.S. government turns a deaf ear on the requests from the international community, openly rejecting the U.N. report and refusing to shut down the prison. However, just as raised by western media, the U.S. government in deed can get its own way on the Guantanamo issue, however, the facts shown at Berlin International Film Festival is inerasable.

By People's Daily Online


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