Monday, November 29, 2010

Canada's handling of young Afghan detainees queried

The Canadian Forces have for years arrested children suspected of working with the Taliban and handed them over to an Afghan security unit accused of torture, CBC News has learned.

Allegations that militants captured by Canada were transferred to Afghan forces and later tortured were hotly debated in Parliament last fall.

A document obtained by the CBC's investigative unit shows that Canadian soldiers captured children as well in the fight against the Taliban, and that many of them were transferred to the custody of Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security, or NDS.

and as usual, governments only act when they're caught at it.

And while the March 2010 briefing note suggests the government was "likely" to post information about the new facility [to replace the torture one...] on its website, that did not happen until Oct. 28, the same day the CBC received the briefing note through the Access to Information Act.

Read more here.

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