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Tuesday, 22 January, 2002, 08:39 GMT
UN concerned over handover of Arabs

The UN Human Rights Commission has expressed concern about the way the authorities in Bosnia-Hercegovina handed over to American forces in the country six Arabs who had been arrested on suspicion of having links with militant Islamist groups.

The handover took place on Friday, despite the Bosnian Supreme Court ordering the men to be released.

The UN Human Rights representative in Sarajevo, Madeleine Rees, said it undermined efforts to establish the rule of law and respect for human rights in Bosnia-Hercegovina.

The Council of Europe is to decide later today whether to grant Bosnia membership, but the BBC correspondent in Sarajevo says the handover of the Algerians has now put the the decision in question.

It is not clear where the six Algerians are at the moment, but US officials have been quoted as saying they would be transferred to the American detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, in Cuba.

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