Friday, March 14, 2008

Amnesty report on military commission hearing for Mohammed Jawad

Click on the title to review the report from Amnesty International from the Military Tribunal Hearing on March 12, 2008 for Mohammed Jawad. Jawad, like Khadr, should be protected under international law, as he was only 16 years old when he was arrested and sent to Guantanamo.


Pulicharkhi is the old russian prison outside of Kabul where the american's opened up their own wing. Most of the afghani prisoners that were released from Guantanamo have been held there...another attempt by the US to avoid the US federal courts...

Afghanistan: Riot in US-run prison

Kabul, 13 March (AKI) - By Syed Saleem Shahzad - Prisoners held in Kabul’s controversial Pul-i-Charkhi jail rioted late on Thursday when NATO forces tried to shift Taliban inmates for interrogation.

Unnamed sources told Adnkronos International (AKI) that inmates in block 4 of the prison resisted their removal by NATO personnel, alleging that NATO officials wanted to carry out an extrajudicial killing.

The protest soon spread all over the jail. Inmates in another part of the prison (block 7) turned violent and around five were wounded when NATO personnel opened fire on the prisoners, according to AKI's sources.

Pul-i-Charkhi, where political prisoners are held, is located outside the Afghan capital. Most Taliban prisoners are currently held there.

The prison gained notoriety for its treatment of prisoners as long ago as during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan (1978-1989).

Experts have said the prison is one of several around the world holding repatriated Afghans detained by the United States including former inmates from the notorious US military prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Mistreatment of prisoners at Guantanamo has caused international concern and prompted calls for its closure.

On Salon Today.

Please read my opinion piece on Salon today by clicking on the title. I did have a bit of a misunderstanding with Salon about how Seth Farber who helped me draft this initially would be credited and I thank Seth for his help on this.
That being said I do want to thank Salon's Mark Follman who had a keen understanding of the issues and worked hard to get this on-line in a timely fashion.