Pyongyang, March 23 (KCNA) — The U.S. recent announcement that it would close down the Abu Ghraib Prison in the outskirts of Baghdad within a few months does not mean that it would stop human rights abuses.
This is nothing but a gimmick to calm down the surging anti-U.S. resentment of the people, says Rodong Sinmun in a brief commentary Thursday.
The decision is aimed to pretend to comply with public opinion, the commentary notes, and goes on:
The U.S. should abolish laws encouraging torture if it is to stop monstrous human rights abuses. And it should close down all secret prisons in different parts of the world including the Baghram Prison in Afghanistan and the prison of the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo as well as the Abu Ghraib Prison. Far from doing so, however, the U.S. is now resorting to a sleight of hand.
According to an announcement made by the U.S. forces in Iraq, the prisoners in the Abu Ghraib Prison will be transferred to a new facility under construction near the Baghdad International Airport where former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and others are held in custody. In the long run, the U.S. is intending to build a new concentration camp of such type as the Abu Ghraib Prison instead of closing it.
It is not hard to guess what the U.S. pursues in building a new prison near the international airport in view of the fact that the U.S. operates secret prisons via airports in European countries.
By closing down the controversial prison the U.S. seeks to calm down the anti-Americanism of the international community and cover up its dirty colors as human rights abuser, but such a clumsy gimmick will never go down with the world as bright as today.
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