Letters to the Editor

Abandoning standards

Not a single prisoner at Guantánamo has been charged, tried or convicted of any crime. Many prisoners have been released because no evidence has been found against them; yet more than 430 people continue to languish in indefinite detention without hope of release, fair trial or even a hearing on the charges against them.

Fear and desperation mark their confinement. The prisoners have resorted to hunger strikes as a way of protesting their treatment, and many have attempted suicide.

We cannot claim to be a just or humane society while our government abandons all accepted standards of justice and law, both our own and international law.

Howard Clark