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Russia assails US over Guantanamo prison

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First published: January 16, 2012, 10:19 AM IST | Updated: January 16, 2012
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Russia assails US over Guantanamo prison
Russia in the past has reacted angrily to the accusations of human rights breaches that the US has leveled at it.

Moscow: Russia's Foreign Ministry has accused the US of breaking international law by keeping terror suspects in indefinite custody without trial at the Guantanamo Bay prison.

In a statement posted on its website on Sunday, the ministry said the prison at the US Navy base in eastern Cuba represents a "flagrant violation of international law."

The Foreign Ministry also criticized the National Defence Authorisation Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 31, which includes a provision allowing indefinite military detention without trial.

The ministry claimed the act contradicts US obligations under international humanitarian law.

Russia in the past has reacted angrily to the accusations of human rights breaches that the US State Department has leveled at it in its annual reports.

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