Guantanamo infrastructure 'greatly improved'
6 March 2006, BRUSSELS — The infrastructure at the Guantanamo Bay prison has improved so much that conditions are better than in Belgian jails, Senate president Anne-Marie Lizin said on Monday.
6 March 2006
BRUSSELS — The infrastructure at the Guantanamo Bay prison has improved so much that conditions are better than in Belgian jails, Senate president Anne-Marie Lizin said on Monday.
However, Lizin — who visited the jail on request from the US Department of Defense last week — said there were still definite problems on the level of international law.
Lizin accompanied a delegation to the detention centre on 3 March as special representative on Guantanamo for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which Belgium is chairing this year.
The visit indicated that interrogation techniques have become milder.
Belgian professors Simon Petermann and Alain Grignard — who accompanied Lizin in the delegation — said that hard interrogation techniques used in the past had proved to yield inadequate results.
Grignard — who was making his fifth visit to Guantanamo last week — said infrastructure was vastly improved, while Lizin said the prison conformed to European standards and that the cells were larger than those in Belgium.
Great efforts have also been made in matters such as clothing, food and religious faith. Every prisoner now has a prayer mat, for example.
In medical matters, Lizin was not fully informed. She said the prison hospital conformed to the standards of a military hospital, but the delegation was not given any information about the amount of sedatives or sleeping pills used at the jail.
Doctors admitted that hunger striking prisoners are being artificially fed through the nose, but that did not occur under force.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news