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Afghan Detainees

The transfer by Canadian Forces of individuals captured or detained in Afghanistan must not lead to the possibility of torture, say Amnesty International and the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association. An application for judicial review of the actions of Canadian Forces regarding the transfers that have taken place under the Canada-Afghanistan Detainee Agreement signed on 18 December, 2005 has been launched by the two organizations today.

“Canadian Forces handling detainees in Afghanistan operate under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and are bound by Canada’s international human rights obligations”, says Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada.

“Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person under the Charter and international law. Individuals detained by Canadian Forces must not face the threat of torture after being transferred.”

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