Stripping U.S. Foreigners Abroad of Protection
Human Rights Watch weighs in on the Bush Administration's decision to withdraw from the Vienna Convention's protocol of providing consular protection to citizens arrested abroad.
The U.S. government’s decision to withdraw from a protocol governing diplomatic disputes has immediate consequences for the rights of foreigners detained in the United States and could endanger U.S. citizens who are detained abroad, Human Rights Watch said today.
According to a decision by the Bush administration this week, the ICJ, or World Court, will henceforth have no power to hear cases brought by countries on behalf of detained non-citizens in the United States. Americans in the custody of foreign countries who have been denied access to their country’s embassies will also not have access to the ICJ.
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