Friday, October 20, 2006

ICRC President Interviewed About US Anti-Terror Law

Jakob Kellengerber, President of the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross), was the interviewed yesterday about the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which was signed into law by President Bush on Tuesday. The Military Commissions Act addresses a wide range of issues. Some of them are a matter of domestic law, while others involve interpretations of international law, including international humanitarian law.

"Our preliminary reading of the new legislation raises certain concerns and questions," Kellenberger said.

"The very broad definition of who is an "unlawful enemy combatant" and the fact that there is not an explicit prohibition on the admission of evidence attained by coercion are examples," he added.

Read the full interview at the ICRC website.

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