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U.S. seeks legal exemptions in abuse cases: report
Latest Updated by 2006-08-10 09:31:43
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The Bush administration is seeking to rewrite a war crime law, in order to exempt politicians, CIA agents and soldiers from prosecution for mistreating prisoners, the Washington Post reported Wednesday (Aug. 9th).

The administration has submitted proposals to the Congress to make amendments to the 1996 War Crimes Act after the Supreme Court struck down its prisoners policy in June, according to the report.

The proposed amendments will narrow the reach of the War Crimes Act, which now states U.S. citizens can be prosecuted in federal criminal courts for violations of the Geneva Conventions, which the United States ratified in 1949.

The administration also wants to narrow the scope of criminal prosecutions to 10 specific categories, which, critics said, would be perceived as an attempt to rewrite the Geneva Conventions.

The proposed amendments have provoked concerns of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the entity responsible for safeguarding the Geneva Conventions.

Editor: Donald

By: Source: China View website
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