Bagram: US still holding detainees without charge
The nonprofit human rights law firm Justice Project Pakistan (JPP) released a report on Sept. 5 detailing the conditions at Bagram Prison in Afghanistan, a facility that continues to detain non-Afghan prisoners of the US despite not being under US control since March. According to the JPP, many of these detainees are being held indefinitely without charges, trial or access to a lawyer. Many prisoners have testified to being captured and held in the prison without ever being told about the basis for their detainment.
The report warns:
With the US withdrawal of combat forces on the horizon, and the handover of Afghan detainees to Afghan authorities now complete, the continued detention of third-country nationals raises the specter of another Guantánamo Bay on Afghan soil.
The US government continues to house at least 60 non-Afghan prisoners at the Bagram facility, including around 40 Pakistanis.
From Jurist, Sept. 5