Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:56PM GMT

A human rights lawyer says Washington is violating the Geneva Conventions of 1949 in the case of former Guantanamo Bay, adding that the victims have a right to bring lawsuits in US courts.

Alfred Lambremont Webre, a Vancouver-based lawyer, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Sunday, commenting on a news piece that five ex-Guantanamo prisoners are seeking damages from the US government for years of sexual, mental and physical abuse at the US prison.

“The Justice Department and the prosecutors in this case are so far denying what the absolute law is. The US signed the Geneva Conventions in 1949. Under Article 49 of Convention Number One, these former prisoners may bring lawsuits in US courts because it’s US courts that are designated by the conventions, by Article 49 of Convention One, to deal with these issues,” Webre said.

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