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US Admits More Juveniles Held At Guantanamo

A spokesperson for the Pentagon acknowledge on last 16th November while speaking to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) that the US held 12 juveniles at the Guantanamo Bay prison. The announcement came in response to a study released last week by the Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas (CSHRA). In May, the US reported to the CRC that only eight juveniles were detained in the prison. The study was based on information available through the American military and diplomatic sources. Other sources, including former detainees, the Red Cross and international sources indicated to the Center that the number of juveniles could potentially be higher. Eight of the 12 juveniles listed in the study have been released from the prison.

(Source: http://jurist.org/)

Iraq Cabinet Approves US Status of Forces Agreement

The Iraqi cabinet voted on last 16th November in an emergency session to approve a final draft of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between the US and Iraq. The SOFA, which determines the relationship between Iraqi, American and Multi-National Force Iraq (MNF-I) forces in the country, requires US and MNF-I forces to exit Iraqi cities by June 30, and calls for the removal of all combat troops by 2011 unless the Iraqi government requests otherwise. This extends the deadline for US troops to remain in Iraq for three years, as the UN mandate expires in December. The SOFA will also define the ongoing relationship between US and MNF-I forces and Iraqi civilian institutions, including the national police service and the Iraqi justice system. In particular, it gives Iraqi courts limited jurisdiction over American military personnel for crimes committed off base when the troops are not on an authorized mission. The SOFA must now go before the Iraq parliament for a final vote.

(Source: http://jurist.org/)





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