Translated from Dutch news agency ANP:
Parliament: close down Bagram prison
November 24 2009, 18:48, Updated November 24, 2009 18:52
THE HAGUE – The Lower House wants Minister Maxime Verhagen (Foreign Affairs) to insist to the Afghan government and U.S. authorities that Bagram prison in Afghanistan should be closed down. This so-called “secret prison” is managed by the U.S. big brass of the armed forces in that country.
A majority of the House agreed Tuesday with a proposal by the Dutch Socialist Party (SP). The Netherlands have already called for the closure of the U.S. Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, where people were
imprisoned without fair trial. The SP urged last week in the House that Verhagen should do this about the prison in Bagram as well. But Verhagen did not want to. The main thing for him is that people get a fair trial. And he is insisting on that, the minister said. “It’s not about the building.”
Obama’s escalation in Afghanistan sets the stage for a deepening of US military violence in Central and South Asia and for a confrontation with the US working class, which increasingly opposes the war: here.
- The other Guantanamo (newstatesman.com)
- US still holding detainees without charges at Bagram: report (jurist.org)
- New report reveals effects of US detention without charge at Bagram (moorbey.wordpress.com)
- Bagram: Torture, Detention Without End at US Military’s ‘Other Guantanamo’ (rinf.com)