| GEO World|
| UN rights chief calls for review of US detainees|
| Updated at: 0545 PST, Friday, January 23, 2009|
UNITED NATIONS: The U.N. human rights chief is welcoming President Barack Obama's decision to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center and calling on the new U.S. administration to follow up by reviewing its approach to detaining people in other countries, including Afghanistan and Iraq.
Navi Pillay called Thursday for a thorough investigation into allegations of torture at the Guantanamo center and said detainees who were innocent or arbitrarily detained should be compensated ``for the six or seven years of their lives that have been lost.''
On his second day in office, Obama began overha uling the U.S. treatment of terror suspects, signing orders to close Guantanamo within a year, review military war crimes trials, and ban the harshest interrogation methods including water boarding.