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al-Qa'bong
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posted 25 May 2005 09:04 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I've been expecting to read about this ever since seeing criticism of AI on this thread.

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An international human-rights group has accused Israel of committing abuses that constitute crimes against humanity and war crimes.
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Amnesty International has also condemned another rogue state.

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"Guantanamo has become the gulag of our time," Amnesty Secretary General Irene Khan said as the London-based group launched its annual report. Amnesty International called for the camp to be closed.

[ 26 May 2005: Message edited by: al-Qa'bong ]


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DrConway
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posted 25 May 2005 10:43 PM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Speaking of Gitmo, I'm surprised Cuba hasn't cancelled the lease agreement. Cuba already refuses to cash the check Congress sends over every year.
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sub lite
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posted 26 May 2005 12:59 AM      Profile for sub lite   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I thought they can't unless both Cuba and the USA agrees to cancel the lease, or the USA withdraws voluntarily. Something like that.
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posted 26 May 2005 01:31 AM      Profile for Crippled_Newsie     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by sub lite:
I thought they can't unless both Cuba and the USA agrees to cancel the lease, or the USA withdraws voluntarily. Something like that.


The US gained control of Cuba after the Spanish-American War in 1898. When Cuba became independent, one of the conditions of independence was inclusion of the Platt Amendement in the Cuban constitution. That Amendment grants the US an ongoing lease on the base in perpetuity.

Cuba has long claimed that the Platt Amenedment should have no force of international law because it was foisted on the country by force of arms in violation of article 52 of the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties.


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