USA: Double standards or international standards? Crucial decision on 9/11 trial forum "weeks" away

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April 28, 2010

USA: Double standards or international standards? Crucial decision on 9/11 trial forum "weeks" away

2 Amnesty International has been calling on the Obama administration to abandon military commissions. See, for example, USA: The promise of real change. President Obama’s executive orders on detentions and interrogations, February 2009, http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AMR51/015/2009/en, and US administration wavers on civilian 9/11 trial, 11 March 2010, http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AMR51/021/2010/en

3 See, for example, letter from Amnesty International to President George W. Bush, 21 September 2001, http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AMR51/144/2001/en

4 See also, USA: Military commission proceedings against Omar Khadr resume, as USA disregards its international human rights obligations, 26 April 2010, http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AMR51/029/2010/en

5 Attorney General announces forum decisions for Guantánamo detainees, 13 November 2009, http://www.justice.gov/ag/speeches/2009/ag-speech-091113.html. Amnesty International welcomed the decision in relation to the five as a positive, if belated, development.USA: Five more Guantánamo detainees to be tried in federal court, 13 November 2009, http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AMR51/116/2009/en

6 Departments of Justice and Defense Announce Forum Decisions for Ten Guantanamo Bay Detainees, 13 November 2009, http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2009/November/09-ag-1224.html