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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Amnesty International Report 2005 

The annual Amnesty International Report on the state of human rights across the world is out. Unfortunately, the United States features prominently in it as an abuser rather than as a human rights advocate.

The report says the following in its overview on the Americas:

“The US-led “war on terror” continued to undermine human rights in the name of security, despite growing international outrage at evidence of US war crimes, including torture, against detainees…”

and:

“The US administration’s treatment of detainees in the “war on terror” continued to display a marked ambivalence to the opinion of expert bodies such as the International Committee of the Red Cross and even of its own highest judicial body. Six months after the Supreme Court ruled that the federal courts had jurisdiction over the Guantánamo detainees, none had appeared in court. Detainees reportedly considered of high intelligence value remained in secret detention in undisclosed locations. In some cases their situation amounted to “disappearance”.”

The US is also described as a significant abuser of domestic prisoners through the arbitrary application of the death penalty.

Remember when we were using the Amnesty International reports to highlight problems abroad, rather than attempting to discredit AI's findings?

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