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USA: Justice at last or more of the same?: Detentions and trials after Hamdan v. Rumsfeld

, Index number: AMR 51/146/2006

On 29 June 2006, the United States Supreme Court concluded that the military commissions as constituted under the Military Order were unlawful. Amnesty International believes that proceedings in respect of Guantánamo detainees should be conducted in civilian rather than military courts. By halting the military commissions, the Supreme Court has provided an opportunity for a substantial change of approach to "war on terror" detentions, to bring its policies and practices into full compliance with its international obligations, and to ensure full accountability for human rights violations committed by US personnel.

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