US falls silent on Malaysia abuses: rights group because of GITMO

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Human Rights Watch, in a report condemning Malaysia's detention without trial of people deemed security threats, quoted an unnamed U.S. State Department official as saying Washington had quit putting pressure on Malaysia by the end of 2003.

"With what we're doing in Guantanamo, we're on thin ice to push on this," the report quoted the senior State Department official as telling Human Rights Watch in December 2003.

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