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USA: Department of Defence releases new Army Field Manual

On 6 September, the Department of Defense (DoD) released a new Army Field Manual on interrogations. The Manual clarifies that Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions applies to all detainees, regardless of their characterization and status. It also specifically prohibits controversial interrogation techniques such as waterboarding, the use of dogs and exposure to extreme temperatures. Concerns remain that CIA interrogators and private contractors might use such techniques in detention facilities not run by the DoD and not governed by the new Manual.

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