Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Bagram Detainees Cleared for Release Are Still Being Held

The Washington Post reports that some detainees cleared for release are still being jailed at the US military detention center in Afghanistan near Bagram Air Base.  The article cites Daphne Eviatar, a senior associate at Human Rights First, for indicating that more than a dozen detainees who were picked up outside of Afghanistan have been cleared for release by the review boards but are still being held.  It appears that gaining information for the reasons for the hold up is difficult.  The Department of Defense is not saying if the causes are political.  The review boards evaluate each case every six months and make recommendations to repatriate third-country nationals.  U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Robert Harward has control over U.S. detention operations in Afghanistan.  He is quoted in the article as saying, “Those decisions then go through an interagency process back in Washington, D.C.”