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Commentary :: Politics
Archbishop of York compares Bush and Guantanamo to Idi Amin
01 Mar 2006
Archbishop of York says Guantanamo is like prisons under Idi Amin.
Director Options Dismissed U.K. Diplomat's Book
From OhMy News

Director Michael Winterbottom has taken an option on "Murder in Samarkand," the forthcoming book by Craig Murray, a former ambassador to Uzbekistan, detailing his dismissal in October 2004 "after exposing appalling human rights abuses by the U.S.-funded regime of President Islam Karimov," according to the publisher.


In a related story, Dr. John Sentamu, Archbishop of York and formerly a High Court judge in Uganda who fled during the regime of Idi Amin, has called for Guantanamo to be closed. He objects to Tony Blair's description of Guantanamo as an "anomaly."

Dr. Sentamu said: "By declaring 'war on terror' President Bush is perversely applying the rules of engagement that apply in a war situation. But the prisoners are not being regularly visited by the Red Cross or Red Crescent, which is required by the Geneva Convention. They were not even allowed to be interviewed by the U.N. human rights group.

"In Uganda President Amin did something similar: he did not imprison suspects because he knew that in prison, the law would apply to them so he created special places to keep them. If the Guantanamo Bay detainees were on American soil the law would apply. This is a breach of international law and a blight on the conscience of America."

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