Child Detainees at Guantanamo

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Evening News
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Thu, 07/17/2008

The release this week of video footage showing a 16 year old detainee at Guantanamo Bay highlights a Bush Administration policy that's at odds with international law: imprisoning youth caught up in armed conflict. Attorneys for Omar Khadr say teenagers shouldn't be detained and prosecuted for war crimes. Yet the Bush Administration maintains its stance, even filing a motion with a federal appeals court today insisting that the U-S military can detain juveniles on the battlefield. Since 2003, the U-S has detained some 2,400 children in Iraq alone, including children as young as 10 years old. The detention rate rose drastically since last year – to an average of 100 new children arrested per month. From Geneva, where the Committee on the International Convention on the Rights of the Child is headquartered,

FSRN's Babak Bazargan filed this report

 

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