Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
FYI, the text of the agreement is here on the UN web site.

What's leaping out at me right away:

1. No one shall be held in secret detention.

Well, there you go.  End of story for the Bush Administration.

( d ) Guarantee that any person deprived of liberty shall be authorized to communicate with and be visited by his or her family, counsel or any other person of his or her choice, subject only to the conditions established by law, or, if he or she is a foreigner, to communicate with his or her consular authorities, in accordance with applicable international law;

The US has already backed out of the Vienna Conventions Optional Protocol on consular access for prisoners, and nobody at Guantanamo has been able to see family members as far as I know.

( f ) Guarantee that any person deprived of liberty or, in the case of a suspected enforced disappearance, since the person deprived of liberty is not able to exercise this right, any persons with a legitimate interest, such as relatives of the person deprived of liberty, their representatives or their counsel, shall, in all circumstances, be entitled to take proceedings before a court, in order that the court may decide without delay on the lawfulness of the deprivation of liberty and order the person's release if such deprivation of liberty is not lawful.

Nope, I bet they don't like that one either.

I'm still reading.

by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Wed Feb 7th, 2007 at 01:12:30 PM EST
Britain has a virtual mini-Guantanamo in the shape of Belmarsh prison. People detained under secret terrorism charges without proper judicial oversight.

I should imagine that even if they've done enough paperwork for it to technically pass the treaty it would give the lawyers working for these people a new angle of attack, so that Tony would steer clear of this treaty...


by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Wed Feb 7th, 2007 at 01:36:38 PM EST
[ Parent ]


Occasional Series