Backstory: Detainees at Bagram

Thursday, June 23, 2011

According to a new report put out by Human Rights First, the number of detainees held in the U.S. Prison at Bagram has nearly tripled, to 1,700 since 2008. Daphne Eviatar, an attorney at Human Rights First, examines what this means as the President announced his troop drawdown plan for Afghanistan.


Daphne Eviatar

Comments [7]

John Durker from White Planes, NY

I wonder how much will really change after the pull out.

Jun. 23 2011 11:08 PM
Zorgand from ny, ny

does human rights watch plan to do more work on torture at guantanamo? i haven't seen anything about that in a while...

Jun. 23 2011 01:57 PM
R. Kimer from Red Hook, NY

While I appreciate the interest in Bagram, why aren't we looking more at the problems with US prison??? Can you please do an under-reported feature on that???

Jun. 23 2011 01:54 PM

One more question: I just read an article in The Nation about military investigators who failed to adequately look into hundreds of cases of abuse and torture in Iraq (in US bases and jails). Is the same thing happening in Afghanistan?
Thanks for considering my question.

Jun. 23 2011 01:40 PM

Just wondering if HRF has done any new work on detainee abuse & torture in Iraq. It seems like that issue has totally fallen off the map.

Jun. 23 2011 01:31 PM

Can Leonard ask her if Geneva Conventions has been re-applied to Afghan and Iraqi detainees? I'm still confused about that. Thanks!

Jun. 23 2011 01:30 PM
Conrad from Bronx, NY

This is such an important, and under-reported issue. I read Ms. Eviatar's interview on Salon and was aghast at the volume of detainees at Bagram. Bravo to her work on the topic. I'm wondering if you will also be covering detainee abuse issues in Iraq as well. It has receded from the news pages, but like the Human Rights first report this article sheds new light on how grave the detainee problem really are (and also remain hidden - in this case, on purpose):
Thank you for continuing to cover this issue. It's so important, and few continue to track it.

Jun. 23 2011 12:07 PM

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