Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Torture in the U.S.

Throughout the class Human Rights/Human Wrongs, we had to fight to keep various people in the US so they would not face persecution and torture in their home countries. I find it quite ironic that we've been fighting for them to stay in a country that Amnesty International has said "is not only failing to take steps to eradicate torture, [but] is actually creating a climate in which torture and other ill-treatment can flourish." An article from CNN.com (see link on title) discusses an Amnesty International Report about the widespread torture and inhumane treatment in US-run detention centers. When searching for country conditions for our asylum/withholding/CAT cases, one expects to find articles outlining the horrible conditions on the countries in question, but who would have thought the US would be in that category. How ironic.

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