Archive for January 10th, 2012

10/01/2012

Karzai Accuses US of Torture, False Imprisonment

Human Wrongs Watch

By James Cogan – World Socialist Web Site* 10 Jan.- The crisis besetting the US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan has been deepened over recent days. Its own puppet government, headed by President Hamid Karzai, has publicly accused the American military of torture and arbitrary detention at the largest US-run prison in the country.

**Photo: Harald Dettenborn. Source | Wikimedia Commons

Karzai made the allegations last Thursday, reportedly with no prior warning to the Obama administration or US and NATO commanders in Afghanistan. He claimed that an investigation by an Afghan government commission had found “many cases” of abuse at the Parwan detention centre at Bagram Air Base, to the north of Kabul.

He declared the situation was an affront to “Afghan sovereignty” and demanded that Parwan, along with all other detention centres being operated by foreign forces, be turned over to Afghan control within one month.

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10/01/2012

Haiti Two Years After, Still ‘Beset by Chronic Poverty’

Human Wrongs Watch

Geneva – Two years after the devastating earthquake that flattened Haiti, the country remains “a fragile State, beset by chronic poverty and under-development. Its weak institutions leave children vulnerable to shocks and the impact of disaster”.

Credit:UN

Haiti’s children are slowly experiencing improvements in their living standards despite continuing challenges,  according to a United Nations’ report. However, the report also warned that with over four million Haitian children under the age of 18, many of them still struggle for survival, development and protection amid glaring institutional weaknesses.

There is evidence of little victories everywhere, although serious gaps and inadequacies in Haiti’s basic governance structures remain,” said Françoise Gruloss-Ackermans, the representative in Haiti of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), of her agency’s report, which was released on Jan. 9.

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