Regardless of what these particular individuals are accused to have one, they should still be afforded the same rights and protections as anyone else. America, and much of the West, predicates its system of justice on the premise of innocent until proving guilty. The American Constitution contains a specific provision that prohibits the military from absconding civilian houses for the purposes of war. Even given this reality, they appear to disregard these very principles as they wage an all out war against the perceived insurgency present in Afghanistan (Sprunsansky 70).
There have been reports of civilians being detained, houses invaded, and drones firing upon innocent civilians. In the end, any person deemed to be fighting and conspiring against the invading forces can be detained without question and with no time limit given for their release. This is certainly in violation of a universal protocol, even during periods of war, and a focus needs to given to stopping this practice. In order to highlight these injustices, an awareness of current practices and treatment in relation to Afghan prisoners of war is necessary, comparing this to the way American prisoners of war have been treated in the past, in order to encourage the international community to fervently plead with the American forces to return dignity and respect to the Afghan people.
Numerous world organizations have come out against the methods that America is currently employing as it detains thousands of war prisoners, primarily from Afghanistan and Iraq. Amnesty International has actually issued its own findings that denounce such treatments methods at the hands of America.
The report served as a warning to the government of America that they were violated the very basic democratic rights that they claim to be fighting to protect, and that they are undermining the international structure put into place after World War II designed to govern the treatment of such prisoners in line with international and humanitarian law and principles (Verini 36). The United States has recently been exposed to torturing individuals it has captured during its so-call ‘War on Terror’, which is in direct violation of international standards.
While many would argue that the treatment that the prisoners receive is justified and that it is not torture, the facts speak differently. In a democratic system of law, individuals must be afforded certain protections. Even if they are found to be guilty, humanitarian policy existent around the world dictates that they be treated in a dignified and respectable manner.
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