USA: Shadow over justice: Absence of accountability and remedy casts shadow over opening of trial of former secret detainee accused in embassy bombings

Report
October 1, 2010

USA: Shadow over justice: Absence of accountability and remedy casts shadow over opening of trial of former secret detainee accused in embassy bombings

4 See Final report of the Guantánamo Review Task Force, 22 January 2010, http://www.justice.gov/ag/guantanamo-review-final-report.pdf

5 USA: Double standards or international standards? Crucial decision on 9/11 trial forum ‘weeks’ away, 28 April 2010, http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AMR51/034/2010/en

6 “In the determination of any criminal charges against him, everyone shall be entitled”, among other things, “to be tried without undue delay”. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, article 14.3(c).

7 UN Convention against Torture, article 14(1). This right applies also to other ill-treatment (see Committee against Torture, General Comment no. 2 (2008), para 3; Human Rights Committee, General Comment no. 20 (1992), para 14; General Comment no. 31 (2004), para 16). The same right exists with respect to enforced disappearance: see Declaration on Enforced Disappearance, article 19 and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, article 2(3).

8 Remarks by the President to the United Nations General Assembly, 23 September 2010, http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/23/remarks-president-united-nations-general-assembly

9 See USA: Normalizing delay, perpetuating injustice, undermining the 'rules of the road', 23 June 2010, http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AMR51/053/2010/en

10 Remarks on the Human Rights Agenda for the 21st Century, op. cit.