Holder Urged to Reject Additional Military Commissions Trials in the United States
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder urging him to reject reported proposals to transfer a Russian national detained in Afghanistan to the United States for trial in a military commission. The letter comes following a Washington Post article on the administration’s consideration of this move.
“We support the administration’s efforts to find lawful dispositions for the remaining third country nationals in U.S. custody in Afghanistan following the end of combat operations in Afghanistan and as part of any final agreement with the government of Afghanistan,” wrote Human Rights First’s Dixon Osburn in the letter. “Relying on military commission trials as a solution, however, will only compound problems.”
Human Rights First notes that federal courts have completed nearly 500 cases related to international terrorism since 9/11. Of those, 67 cases have involved individuals captured overseas, according to Department of Justice data obtained by Human Rights First in a Freedom of Information Act request.
Meanwhile military commissions have convicted only 7 individuals since 9/11. Two of those convictions were recently overturned due to legal objections over the charges brought in those cases.
For more information or to contact Osburn contact Corinne Duffy at DuffyC@humanrightsfirst.org or 202-370-3319.