In filing for a judicial review of the legality of Canada's detainee policy, Amnesty and BCCLA said that the current Canada-Afghanistan Detainee Agreement [text] did not do enough to ensure detainees would not be tortured by Afghan forces [BCCLA press release, PDF; JURIST report]. The two groups say that the Canadian military should build a prisoner-of-war camp in Afghanistan to hold battlefield detainees rather than turn them over to Afghan secret police. Legal experts have suggested that the government's silence may indicate an intent to argue that the Charter of Rights doesn't apply to Canadian military operations overseas rather than dispute whether torture is widespread in Afghanistan's prisons. The Globe and Mail has more.
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