Tuesday, 20 May 2008

US detains 500 'enemy combatant' children

500 teenagers – some aged under 16 – are being held by the US military on the on suspicion of being terrorists.

Most of the teenagers are being held in in Iraq as "unlawful enemy combatants".

A total of 2,500 youths under the age of 18 have been detained, since 2002, for periods up to a year or more in Americas anti-terrorism campaign. This was disclosed last week by the United States the U.N.’s Committee on the Rights of the Child.

The U.S. report said “The juveniles that the United States has detained have been captured engaging in anti-coalition activity, such as planting Improvised Explosive Devices, operating as lookouts for insurgents, or actively engaged in fighting against U.S. and Coalition forces.”

None of the released/detained detained teenagers have been brought in front of any kangaroo court.

Had there been a shred of evidence against them, none of the lucky 2000 would not have released.

The hospitality dished out by the Americans is only likely to push them towards “engaging in anti-coalition activity, such as planting Improvised Explosive Devices, operating as lookouts for insurgents, or actively engaged in fighting against U.S. and Coalition forces.”

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