NCC joins in brief on prison detainees

Legal rights for Guantánamo prisoners
The National Council of Churches has joined a “friend of the court” brief at the U.S. Supreme Court supporting the legal rights of suspected terrorist detainees in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The NCC, in a brief filed along with the American Civil Liberties Union, the Union for Reform Judaism and others, said the 660 foreign nationals at the camp must be granted access to lawyers and redress in the courts.

The Bush administration’s policy to deny lawyers to the detainees because of national security concerns was upheld last year by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; however, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed in November to review the case.


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