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  British man held with Taleban on US base
Updated 12 January 2002, 18.41
The US military base in Cuba
A British man is among 20 suspected al-qaeda members and Taleban prisoners being held in Cuba by the US military.

The men were taken to the US military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on Friday, but people are worried about the conditions they are being held in.

Kept in cages

They will be kept in small cages with concrete floors and wooden ceilings, and eventually the camp is expected to hold as many as 2,000 people.

Guantanamo Bay base in Cuba
Lights are kept on at all times so the hundreds of guards can watch the prisoners at all times, and they will have to sleep on mattresses on the concrete floors.

A special rule called the Geneva Convention of Human Rights is supposed to look after prisoners like these, but a row is brewing over whether it applies.

America say the men are not prisoners-of-war, but illegal soldiers, so the Geneva convention doesn't apply - although they do say prisoners will be treated within its terms.

The Red Cross say the Geneva Convention should apply and that the prisoners should be treated better.

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