Tag: Detainees

You Can’t Force People to Assimilate. So Why Is China at It Again?

The Chinese government’s campaign of internment in the northwestern region of Xinjiang is extraordinary, by dint of its scale — but also, its contradictions. Up to 1.5 million people from predominantly Muslim Turkic minorities — Uighurs, Kazakhs and Kyrgyz — have been arbitrarily detained in political re-education camps designed in part to make them renounce […]

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Kashmiris Call for Investigation of Torture Accusations Against India

RAWALPORA, Kashmir — Mohammad Ishaq Lone got a call from the Indian Army one February night, ordering him to meet soldiers at an outpost near his house in Kashmir. It was only after he was hauled off to a brightly lit room, bound and beaten that he discovered why. A soldier began by punching him […]

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Everyone Involved in Harming Migrant Kids Should Be Living in Shame

The debate over whether “concentration camps” is the right term for migrant detention centers on the southern border has drawn long-overdue attention to the American government’s dehumanizing treatment of defenseless children. A pediatrician who visited in June said the centers could be compared to “torture facilities.” Having studied mass atrocities for over a decade, I […]

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Guantánamo Case to Test Whether Torture Can Be Put on the Docket

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — During the more than three years he spent in C.I.A. prisons before being sent to Guantánamo Bay, Majid Khan says he was hung from his wrists, naked and hooded, for two straight days, causing wild hallucinations. Mr. Khan, […]

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Trump’s ‘Concentration Camps’

I have often wondered why good people of good conscience don’t respond to things like slavery or the Holocaust or human rights abuse. Maybe they simply became numb to the horrific way we now rarely think about or discuss the men still being held at Guantánamo Bay without charge or trial, and who may as […]

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Egypt Quietly Buries Former President Morsi, Muting Coverage of Death

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, was buried at dawn on Tuesday in a furtive and closely guarded ceremony attended by his wife and two sons. Reporters were barred from the short ceremony and coverage of Mr. Morsi’s death was muted. Only one major newspaper, Al Masry Al Youm, reported it […]

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Justice Breyer Raises Specter of Perpetual Detention Without Trial at Guantánamo

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a lawsuit by a Yemeni man who has been held in wartime detention for more than 17 years at the military’s Guantánamo Bay prison, prompting Justice Stephen G. Breyer to warn that the American legal system is on autopilot toward permitting life imprisonment without trial. […]

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Congress Weighs Whether to Allow Guantánamo Prisoners to Travel to the U.S. for Medical Care

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. WASHINGTON — With the military putting a new focus on the health care needs of aging detainees at the Guantánamo Bay prison, Congress is considering again whether to allow the Pentagon to move wartime prisoners temporarily to the United States for emergency […]

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France Hands ISIS Suspects to Iraq, Which Sentences Them to Hang

BAGHDAD — Seven French citizens accused of supporting the Islamic State came before an Iraqi judge in a Baghdad courtroom this week. Wearing sandals and yellow jumpsuits, they stated their occupations: tax collector, Arabic teacher, military trainer, chicken seller, medical aide. Two said they were fighters. Each admitted having joined the Islamic State but no […]

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