Mais direitos em Bagram
Bob Gorrell, «Creators Syndicate Inc.»
Centenas de prisioneiros detidos pelos militares americanos no Afeganistão irão ter, pela primeira vez, o direito de contestar a sua detenção (de tempo indefinido) e de convocar testemunhas em sua defesa. A administração americana pretende colocar em acção um plano que concederá mais direitos a estes prisioneiros, como escreve o New York Times:
[…] The new Pentagon guidelines would assign a United States military official to each of the roughly 600 detainees at the American-run prison at the Bagram Air Base north of Kabul. These officials would not be lawyers but could for the first time gather witnesses and evidence, including classified material, on behalf of the detainees to challenge their detention in proceedings before a military-appointed review board.
Some of the detainees have already been held at Bagram for as long as six years. And unlike the prisoners at the Guantánamo Bay naval base in Cuba, these detainees have had no access to lawyers, no right to hear the allegations against them and only rudimentary reviews of their status as “enemy combatants,” military officials said.
No entanto, há quem tenha reservas sobre a eficácia do processo, como Tina Foster da International Justice Network:
[…] “On paper, it appears they’re going to be changes that will allow detainees more opportunity to present their side of the story,” Ms. Foster said in a telephone interview. “But I think the procedures are just words on pieces of paper unless someone is there to ensure they’re being followed and the detainee has the ability to understand them and avail themselves of them.”