Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Human Rights Groups Taking Canada to Court

Human Rights Groups Taking Canada to Court
580 CFRA February 21, 2007

Human rights groups are taking Canada to court over the treatment of detainees in Afghanistan.
The Globe and Mail reports Amnesty International and the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association will file an application in Federal Court today seeking judicial review of the policy.

The groups say Canada has been turning the detainees over to a state that is likely to use torture.

The human rights groups claim Canada's practice of turning detainees over to Afghan security forces violates international law and the Charter of Rights.

Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor, Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Rick Hillier and Attorney General Robert Nicholson are named as respondents in the action.