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Bagram Detention Facility

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

16. To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his US counterpart on recent allegations of prisoner abuse at the US detention facility at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan. (282704)

We have not had recent discussions on this issue. We have previously discussed allegations of prisoner abuse at Bagram with our US allies. It is vital that all detainees are treated humanely. It is right that the International Committee of the Red Cross have access to those detained at the Bagram detention facility.

I note that President Obama has set in motion a comprehensive review of detention policy and practice, including in Afghanistan. We welcome this and await its outcome.