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U.N. Blasts Practice of Outsourcing Torture *LINK*

UNITED NATIONS - Six countries -- the United States, Britain, Canada, France, Sweden and Kyrgyzstan -- have been singled out for violating international human rights conventions by deporting terrorist suspects to countries such as Egypt, Syria, Algeria and Uzbekistan, where they may have been tortured.

Manfred Nowak, Special Rapporteur on Torture for the United Nations, speaks at a news conference at U.N. headquarters in New York, Monday, Oct. 31, 2005. Independent human rights experts from the United Nations, including Nowak, welcomed on Monday an invitation to visit U.S. detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but expressed regret that their time was limited to one day and that private interviews or visits with detainees were excluded. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

The charges, which come at a time when the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is accused of running secret detention centers overseas, have been catalogued in a 15-page U.N. report presented to the 191-member General Assembly by Manfred Nowak, a special rapporteur on torture.

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