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Academic Commentary
9 Feb 2009

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Jonathan Horowitz, Research Director at human rights and public interest investigation firm One World Research, says that notwithstanding the pending closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison and all the publicity surrounding that, if the US government doesn't change how it collects information and what rights it … [read more]

Professional Commentary
17 Jan 2009

Sahr MuhammedAlly [Senior Associate, Law and Security Program, Human Rights First]: "On January 20th, President-elect Barack Obama will inherit the responsibility for thousands of detainees being held by the United States in Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, and Iraq. Obama has already pledged to close Guantanamo, and the outgoing Bush Administration has … [read more]

Legal News
12 Nov 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Tuesday urged [press release] Afghan President Hamad Karzai [official website; BBC profile] to put a stop to executions and join nations calling for a death penalty moratorium. The call came after five prisoners were executed over the last … [read more]

Professional Commentary
28 Apr 2008

Sahr MuhammedAlly [senior associate, Law and Security program, Human Rights First]: "While pre-trial motions continue at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, at other end of the globe in Afghanistan more than 60 former Guantánamo and Bagram detainees have been convicted based on little more than mere allegations by the United States. After … [read more]

Legal News
10 Apr 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] A criminal court in Afghanistan is trying detainees previously held by the US detainees at Bagram Air Base and Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives] and is relying primarily on allegations and evidence provided by the US military, the New York Times reported Thursday. Other countries have so far refused … [read more]

Legal News
8 Oct 2007
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] Afghanistan has ended a three-year moratorium on the death penalty by executing 15 prisoners Sunday by firing squad at Pul-e-Charkhi [BBC backgrounder], the country's largest prison, Afghanistan's chief of prisons said Monday. The executions are the second confirmed reports of executions being carried out in Afghanistan since the fall … [read more]

Legal News
12 Oct 2006
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] Sixteen Afghan men were reunited with their families Thursday after being released [DOD press release] by the US military from four years of detention in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. The men denied links to Islamic terror groups and alleged abuse at the hands of their captors as they … [read more]

Legal News
1 Mar 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] Afghan authorities on Wednesday regained control of the Policharki prison [AP report; IWPR backgrounder; also "Pul-e-Charkhi"] after four days of rioting that was allegedly started by al Qaeda and Taliban convicts. Deputy Justice Minister Mohammed Qasim Hashimzai reported that over 11,300 unruly inmates, including 350 Taliban and al Qaeda … [read more]

Legal News
28 Feb 2006
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] One inmate was killed and three others wounded Tuesday as Afghan police fired on rioters trying to push down a gate at a Kabul prison, ending a day-long truce [JURIST report] at the tense facility. Negotiations between the parties broke down Tuesday, prompting renewed rioting among inmates at Policharki … [read more]

Legal News
27 Feb 2006
by Krista-Ann Staley

[JURIST] Prisoners in Kabul's Policharki Prison [AP backgrounder; IWPR backgrounder; also "Pul-e-Charkhi"] who rioted over the weekend agreed Monday to temporarily end their disturbance and allow injured inmates to be removed for medical care, according to the chief negotiator for the Afghan government. Sibghatullah Mojaddedi also reported an inmate request … [read more]

Legal News
26 Feb 2006
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] Inmates at the main US base in Afghanistan [JURIST news archive] are being held in "primitive conditions, indefinitely and without charges" according to a Sunday New York Times report [text]. Over 500 terror suspects are held at Bagram Air Base [JURIST news archive], located north of Kabul. The Times … [read more]

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