Amnesty International said Wednesday that the United States' treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib had emboldened abusive regimes and weakened human rights around the world.

The group's annual report, "The State of the World's Human Rights,'' provides a harshly worded critique of U.S. conduct toward its prisoners alongside accounts of oppression in China and genocide in Sudan, saying the U. S. behavior "grants a license to others to commit abuse with impunity and audacity.''

William Schulz, the executive director of Amnesty International USA, called on foreign governments to consider prosecuting top-ranking officials --

including Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales -- if the U.S. refused to conduct a more thorough and independent investigation.

American treatment of prisoners assailed / Conduct weakens rights around world, group says


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