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Council of Europe Panel Condemns Treatment of Guantanamo Prisoners

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has urged the United States to end what it calls torture and inhumane or degrading treatment of detainees at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The resolution was adopted Tuesday in Strasbourg by delegates from the Council's 46 member states. It said the United States has betrayed its own highest principles in the way it has prosecuted the war on terror.

U.S. authorities are holding about 500 terrorism suspects at Guantanamo.

Last year, a report by the International Committee of the Red Cross said the U.S. military has intentionally used psychological and sometimes physical coercion on prisoners. The report said the U.S. treatment of detainees is "tantamount to torture."

U.S. officials rejected the accusations, saying the prisoners are treated humanely.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.