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Wednesday, 10 May, 2000, 14:55 GMT 15:55 UK
US admits torture record 'not perfect'

The United States has been defending itself to the United Nations against allegations that it practises torture.

A senior official -- the assistant secretary of state for human rights -- Harold Koh, admitted to the UN Committee against Torture in Geneva that Washington's record was not perfect.

But he insisted America was coming close to eliminating torture.

The UN committee has expressed concern about police brutality, overcrowded prisons, and the use of electric stun guns.

And it's called on Washington to apply similar human rights standards to those it demands of other countries. Mr Koh told the BBC that allegations by Amnesty International of systematic torture through the use of pepper spray and tear gas against demonstrators, electric shock devices used for restraint in jails, and the long-term isolation of some prisoners, were emphatically not true.

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