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Feature: US Congress gives green light to human rights violations in the ‘war on terror’

September 30, 2006

Amnesty International spells out what we lost Thursday night.

By passing the Military Commissions Act, the US Congress has given its stamp of approval to human rights violations committed by the USA in the “war on terror”, and has turned bad executive policy into bad domestic law.

Amnesty International had repeatedly called for the Military Commissions Act to be rejected in its entirety and will campaign for the repeal of the bill if President Bush signs it as expected. The organization fully expects the constitutionality of this legislation to be challenged in the courts.

In the “war on terror”, the US administration has resorted to secret detention, enforced disappearance, prolonged incommunicado detention, indefinite detention without charge, arbitrary detention, and torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

Thousands of detainees remain in indefinite military detention in US custody in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantánamo Bay. Congress has failed these detainees and their families.

The Military Commissions Act contravenes human rights principles.

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Feature: US Congress gives green light to human rights violations in the ‘war on terror’ – Amnesty International

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