The War on Due Process: Civilian Victims of the U.S. Arbitrary Detention Program in Afghanistan
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This chapter explores the factors that led to unlawful detentions of civilians in U.S. internment centers in Afghanistan. The first section of the chapter analyzes the factors that influenced the selection of targets for detention (e.g., too-broad criteria for determining who was detainable, reliance on weak evidence to justify detentions, mistakes in verifying the identity of detainees). The second section examines the lack of adequate procedural safeguards during detention (e.g., denial of the right to challenge the lawfulness of detention, denial of access to information about the reasons for detention, denial of access to a defense lawyer). The third section shows how both the vaguely defined grounds for detention and the inadequate procedural safeguards led to the arbitrary detention of hundreds of civilians.
KeywordsU.S. military Afghanistan Arbitrary detention Grounds for detention Procedural safeguards Civilian victims
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