Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Immigration: No More Secret Prisons

By Julie Greene, Huffington Post. Posted February 24, 2009.

Across the United States, tens of thousands of immigrants are being held in detention facilities that violate basic standards of humanity.

On January 22, 2009, President Obama ordered the closing of Guantanamo within one year, an overhaul of detention policies, and an end to torture and secret prisons around the world. He also called for the creation of a task force to study United States detention policy overseas. In particular, he declared that the "apprehension, detention, trial, transfer, release, or other disposition" of individuals must not violate either the interests of national security or the interests of justice. And he ordered that our policies must comply with the Geneva Conventions, including Article 3 which stipulates that detainees be treated humanely and prohibits "outrages upon personal dignity." Human rights advocates around the world applauded the President's executive orders.

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