The United States military s now holding at least 500 children in prison within Iraq and another ten in Iran at the Bargram base. The American government informed the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child that over 2,500 children have been imprisoned since the American invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. According to informaton provided the UN: “the juveniles that the United States has detained have been captured engaging in anti-coalition activity, such as planting Improvised Explosive Devices, opeerating as lookouts for insurgents, or actively engaged in fighting against US and Coalition forces.” The majority of juveniles are in the 16 and 17 year range. American doctors who examined the youth estimate at least three were under the age of sixteen.
A US spokesman at Bagram base says about ten of the 625 detainees are under the age of 18. Tina Foster of the International Justice Network blased American officials. “It’s shocking to me that the U.S. government has not figured out a way to keep children out of adult prisons. It’s outrageous, and it is not making us any safer.”
At the least, prison facillities for children should have been built by this time. As the Amerian ACLU points out it is shocking about the absence of a “comprehensive policy that will protect their rights as children.” President Bush is always boasting about spreading democracy. Hopefully, this does not include the Texas approach to killing prisoners or neglect for human rights of those in prison.