Oh my god, nooooo! No, no, no!! This is not my Canada!!!
Globe and Mail Update
WASHINGTON — Canadian troops in Afghanistan have been told the Geneva Conventions and Canadian regulations regarding the rights of prisoners of war don’t apply to Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters captured on the battlefield.
That decision strips detainees of key rights and protections under the rules of war, including the right to be released at the end of the conflict and not to be held criminally liable for lawful combat.
“The whole purpose of those regulations is to know if Geneva applies,” said Amir Attaran, a law professor at the University of Ottawa who has been pressing the Defence Department for details of its detainee policy for months.
How can we possibly live with this?!?
CTV.ca News Staff
Prisoners captured in Afghanistan by Canadian forces will have the rights accorded to them by the Geneva Convention, Defence Minister Gordon O’Connor said Wednesday.
“When they take prisoners, they will always follow the rules of the Geneva Convention, no lower standard than that,” he told the Commons.
His comments are in response to an article published in Wednesday’s Globe and Mail.
That’s a relief!
UPDATE 2 02Jun06:
Have a look at this reminder to be wary of the puppeteer.