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|Human Rights Watch Seeks Access to Afghan Detainees|
Visits to Afghanistan Camps Sought
|(New York, February 12, 2002) Human Rights Watch asked Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for access to U.S. facilities in Afghanistan to investigate the conditions under which detainees are being held by U.S. armed forces. |
"The public needs to see for itself if the U.S. is living up to its commitments," said Jamie Fellner, Director of the U.S. Program for Human Rights Watch. "It's time to pierce the veil of secrecy surrounding the camps in Afghanistan."
Human Rights Watch reminded Secretary Rumsefled of his pledge to bring "transparency" to the U.S. treatment of detainees. No independent human rights group that can publicly comment on detainees' conditions of confinement has yet visited the U.S. facilities in Afghanistan or Cuba where detainees are being held. While the International Committee of the Red Cross has visited the facilities, it does not release its findings to the public.
The Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia was formed in 1993 to combat rising religious intolerance in South Asia and to campaign for peace and justice in the region. We are committed to working towards a just, non-violent resolution of the crisis we are currently living through. If you are interested in joining us in this work, please call 617-983-3934 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
22 Sep 2007
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