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PostWatch: An irregular correction to the Washington Post

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Tuesday, May 28, 2002
12:28 PM

Karen DeYoung reprints an Amnesty International press release alleging a number of abuses by the U.S. government after Sept. 11. Also:

The report accuses the U.S. government of failing to prosecute or extradite accused torturers who it knows are traveling through or living in this country, despite an eight-year old provision in U.S. law allowing such prosecutions.

It also accuses the United States of continuing to export electronic, mechanical and chemical equipment manufactured for law enforcement purposes but used in other countries as implements of torture, and of imprisoning noncriminal asylum seekers here. U.S. failure to ratify key international treaties, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the administration's "unsigning" of the International Criminal Court statute this month "undermine global consensus on human rights and set dangerous precedent for other countries to 'unsign' treaties," the Amnesty summary said.

Plenty of people in this town can take on any of these charges. They even have their own press releases if you're close to deadline. Here's my press release: The unsigning of the International Criminal Court "statute" is a godsend in an anti-terrorist war. No need to help the bad guys stage show trials, which they will do in any case.

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