Amnesty International USA’s Security with Human Rights Director, Daphne Eviatar, issued the following statement ahead of tomorrow’s hearing:
“This week is further evidence that the military commissions are what we always predicted – a human rights calamity and costly sideshow. It’s time to give up the illusion that either true justice or any semblance of a fair trial will result from these never-ending proceedings.
There is no way anyone could view this kangaroo court as legitimate and even President Trump has acknowledged this system is ineffective and time-consuming. The president should shut down the military commissions and move these cases to federal court as soon as possible. The prison at Guantánamo should also be shuttered and there must be accountability for the torture and other human rights violations that the detainees have suffered.”