Guantanamo: Implications for U.S. Human Rights Leadership, Hearing Before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, June 21, 2007   [open pdf - 286KB]

From the opening statement of Alcee L. Hastings: "This is the Helsinki Commission's first hearing in some time examining an issue of domestic compliance, an area which will receive warranted attention during my chairmanship. As many people here know, in executing the Helsinki Commission's mandate, members of this Commission are engaged in a continual dialogue with representatives of other countries, including parliamentarians, on issues of concern, with a particular focus on human rights. [...] In organizing this hearing, it's painfully difficult to unpackage a whole set of issues related to our counterterrorism efforts: The offshore detention center at Guantanamo; the treatment of detainees in custody and the interrogation practices to which they may be subjected; the legal procedures for holding, trying and potentially convicting detainees of crimes; and the issue of extraordinary rendition, to name a few. Frankly, in my opinion, the United States has not covered itself with glory when it comes to most of these issues. I'm, of course, mindful of the fact that many other committees of both the House and Senate are actively engaged in oversight on many aspects of this subject. It's not our intention to duplicate those efforts. Rather, we hope to address the specific implications of Guantanamo for U.S. human rights leadership." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Alcee L. Hastings, Benjamin L. Cardin, Steny H. Hoyer, John B. Bellinger III, Anne-Marie Lizin, Tom Malinowski, Gabor Rona, Christopher J. Dodd, Hilda Solis, and the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights.

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CSCE 110-1-2; Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe 110-1-2
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