Apr 262005

Well, we got our way again, and that’s what counts. Here’s the latest Afghanistan news from The Independent:

The UN’s top human rights investigator in Afghanistan has been forced out under American pressure just days after he presented a report criticizing the US military for detaining suspects without trial and holding them in secret prisons.

Cherif Bassiouni had needled the US military since his appointment a year ago, repeatedly trying, without success, to interview alleged Taliban and al-Qa’ida prisoners at the two biggest US bases in Afghanistan, Kandahar and Bagram.

Mr Bassiouni’s report had highlighted America’s policy of detaining prisoners without trial and lambasted coalition officials for barring independent human rights monitors from its bases.

Freedom. It’s on the march. Just ask those who are standing in the way.

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