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UNITED STATES: State Dept. Human Rights report



Most Americans do not read government documents, notably the State Department's report on human rights. Not so well-informed foreign observers, like John Heelan: "In the 2000 report it castigated Egypt for its hopelessly unfair military courts that "do not ensure civilian defendants due process before an independent tribunal". The 2001 report has that sentence omitted. The omission is not surprising now that the US is setting up its own military courts to try prisoners without due process of law (unless they are US citizens of course, as in the Walker case). As they say in politics: Where you sit is where you stand!" I wonder how many WAISers have read these reports as carefully as John?

Ronald Hilton - 3/9/02


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