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Daily Archives: October 8, 2010

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to China dissident Liu Xiaobo

BBC
October 8, 2010

Jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has been named the winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.

The award, announced in Norway’s capital Oslo, is certain to anger Beijing, which had earlier warned against the move.

Norwegian Nobel Committee president Thorbjoern Jagland said Mr Liu was “the foremost symbol of the wide-ranging struggle for human rights in China”.

Mr Jagland earlier admitted he knew the choice would be controversial.

He told local television before the announcement: “You’ll understand when you hear the name.”

‘Curtailed freedom’
During the announcement of the award, Mr Jagland said China’s new status in the world “must have increased responsibility”.

He said that in practice the freedoms enshrined in China’s constitution had been “distinctly curtailed for many of China’s citizens”.

Mr Jagland said the choice had become clear early in the process.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has long believed that there is a close connection between human rights and peace”

Thorbjoern Jagland

Nobel Committee president

Mr Liu, 54, was jailed for 11 years on Christmas Day last year for drafting Charter 08, which called for multiparty democracy and respect for human rights in China.

Full Article Here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11499098

Ex-detainee sues the U.S., saying captors tortured him

Washington Post
October 7, 2010
By Spencer S. Hsu

A Syrian man released from the prison at Guantanamo Bay last year sued the U.S. military Wednesday, saying that he was the victim of a “Kafkaesque nightmare” in which he was tortured by al-Qaeda after being accused of being U.S. spy, liberated, then tortured by the Americans, who held him for seven more years by mistake.

Abdul Rahim Abdul Razak al-Janko, 32, who has been resettled outside the United States, filed suit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Washington, the court that ordered his release in June 2009. At the time, U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon concluded that the U.S. government’s case for holding Janko “defies common sense.”
Janko was tortured by al-Qaeda and imprisoned by the Taliban for 18 months on suspicion of being a spy for the United States or Israel. Leon found no evidence that the Syrian was loyal to either group.

Janko “is the victim of a decade-long Kafkaesque nightmare from which he is just awakening,” the suit says.

Janko says that he was urinated on by his American captors, slapped, threatened with loss of fingernails, and exposed to sleep deprivation, extreme cold and stress positions.

Full Article Here – http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/06/AR2010100606458.html

Senate report slams Afghan security contractors

Associated Press
October 7, 2010
By ANNE FLAHERTY

WASHINGTON – Heavy U.S. reliance on private security in Afghanistan has helped to line the pockets of the Taliban because contractors often don’t vet local recruits and wind up hiring warlords and thugs, Senate investigators said Thursday.

The finding, in a report by the Senate Armed Services Committee, follows a separate congressional inquiry in June that concluded that trucking contractors pay tens of millions of dollars a year to local warlords for convoy protection.

Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate panel, said he is worried the U.S. is unknowingly fostering the growth of Taliban-linked militias at a time when Kabul is struggling to recruit its own soldiers and police officers.

“Almost all are Afghans. Almost all are armed,” Levin, a Michigan Democrat, said of the army of young men working under U.S. contracts.
“We need to shut off the spigot of U.S. dollars flowing into the pockets of warlords and power brokers who act contrary to our interests and contribute to the corruption that weakens the support of the Afghan people for their government,” he added.

The Defense Department doesn’t necessarily disagree but warns that firing the estimated 26,000 private security personnel operating in Afghanistan in the near future isn’t practical.

This summer, U.S. forces in Afghanistan pledged to increase their oversight of security contractors and set up two task forces to look into allegations of misconduct and to track the money spent, particularly among lower-level subcontractors.

Full Article Here – http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_us_afghanistan_contractors