Comment 36796

By highwater (registered) | Posted January 06, 2010 at 17:48:07

I don't have an answer for what to do with detainees, but I do know that your second option, pretending everything is ok, is a war crime.

And no, the real issue here is us handing them over, as we have a very clear moral and legal obligation to ensure that we are not handing them over to be tortured. That is our responsibility as Canadians. Yes, it's deplorable that the ANP practises torture, but it is irresponsible (not to mention a war crime) to pretend that we are helpless in the face of this fact and must continue to hand detainees over in the hope that the ANP will adopt more enlightened practises. Quite simply, under international and Canadian law, we are not allowed to hand detainees over to them knowing that they torture.

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