Prisoners: US Taking away their human title

August 18, 2006 at 10:10 am (Uncategorized)

There have been two issues raised regarding prisoners in recent times. First is the escalating number of prisoners in U.S.; second the bad treatment being done with war prisoners by both US and Israel, which goes against all the laws that were made in previous times for protection of human rights.

  • Despite half a decade of sentencing reform efforts, America’s jail and prison population is increasing at a rate of more than a thousand per week. The total number of people behind bars in the US at the end of last June was 2,186,230, up more than 56,000 over the previous year. Once again, the US retains its title as the world’s most prison-crazy nation, holding onto first place in both prisoners per capita and total number of people imprisoned. More…
  • By promising confidentiality to the occupying and imprisoning powers the International Committee of the Red Cross monitors the fate of prisoners of war that no other organization can reach — from Guantanamo Bay’s Camp X-ray, to Abu Ghraib and even the many Israeli detention centers in occupied Palestine. Here, Rafeef Ziadah questions whether the ICRC’s monitoring efforts help prisoners or protect those who violate prisoners’ human rights. More…
  • Further more, find out if abuse of prisoners being made legalized? More…
  • And finish it all, when Bush is in trouble, he changes the law! Bush is proposing “amendments that would eliminate the risk of prosecution for political appointees, CIA officers and former military personnel for humiliating or degrading war prisoners.” The Supreme Court decided in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, that not honoring the Geneva Conventions was illegal. More…

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