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Amnesty bemoans detainees ruling, welcomes Padilla access to counsel

[JURIST] In a statement Wednesday, Amnesty International [advocacy website] said that Tuesday's federal appeal court ruling denying on jurisdictional grounds any legal relief to Afghan war detainees held by the US at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (and reported previously in JURIST's Paper Chase) "will cause further damage to the international reputation of the USA and to fundamental human rights standards agreed to across the world." Read the AI press release. In a related development, Amnesty welcomed [press release] Tuesday's US District Court ruling allowing accused "dirty bomber" Jose Padilla access to a lawyer (also reported here previously), but said it represented only "the smallest step forward for justice in this case and others in the war on terrorism."

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