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Concern for Bilal Hussein, AP Reporter Detained in Iraq

November 22, 2007 in information, news by Rob Hallam

An Associated Press photographer who has been detained by the US military in Iraq without charge for over 19 months is to now presumably to be charged with having links to terrorist groups, though exact charges are unknown. The case against Bilial Hussein will be prosecuted under the Iraqi criminal code, with an investigative magistrate to determine if there is sufficient evidence to try him.

The problem is, the military have not disclosed what they are specifically accusing him of, or what evidence they will be presenting at the hearing. This makes the case for his defence a little tricky. What’s more, US security forces argue that can continue to detain him even if he is acquitted:

“I think there is still a provision, should it be determined that he still poses a threat, that he can be held as a security detainee … even though he was found to be not guilty for criminal acts by a court”

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman

This assumption is predicated on the US arguing that the UN resolution gives them broad discretionary powers to detain people they believe to pose a “security threat”.

Joel Campagna of the Committee to Protect Journalists expressed his concern over Hussein’s detention, saying

“Governments are increasingly using these detentions as a way to justify their own repression of their media”

The military intends to file a complaint to bring a case against Hussein as early as 29 November, despite AP’s intensive investigation (conducted by former federal prosecutor, Paul Gardephe) having found that he was nothing other than a journalist working in a war zone.

by Emma


November 20, 2007 in main by Emma

Welcome to the GU Amnesty blog.

We are the Glasgow University Amnesty International student group. We are part of Amnesty International UK, a global human rights group, and our aim is to raise awareness of human rights issues amongst students.

This blog is mostly going to be a committee blog, with committee meeting minutes and any useful websites or upcoming events. If you want anything posted, feel free to email one of us. Our email addresses are all on the contacts page.

Cage Week 2007

November 14, 2007 in photos by Rob Hallam

Photos from cage week 2007.

GU Amnesty Committee Meeting 14/11/07 – Minutes

November 14, 2007 in minutes by Rob Hallam

Minutes from committee meeting Wednesday 7/11/07

For next meeting

Word AIDS day – GUCU event.

School group

o Anyone interested in starting it up?

o EMMA to find email and contact them.

Human Rights Day – what shall we do?

Comedy night

o Who’s coming?

o EMMA to send out via mailing list


ROBERT to look at options for improved mailing list and possibly a committee blog

EMMA to email SRC about server information.

JONNY to email mailing list about new Amnesty report

HELEN to update Google Calendar with World AIDS day, Human Rights Day, etc.

GU Amnesty Committee Meeting 7/11/07 – Minutes

November 7, 2007 in minutes by Rob Hallam

Minutes from committee meeting Wednesday 7/11/07

Student conference:

Tickets to be booked by individuals asap

How many are going?

DAWN to find diamond trade leaflets


RACHEL to speak to QMU about open mic night at end of Nov/early Dec. Possibility of having an actual band at the end?

Comedy night – numbers

Reclaim the Night march

Speakers – Burma? Email and ask.

Social or events convenor? – does this involve a change to the constitution?


EMMA to talk about ethical investment

Campaigns in a hat – conflict diamond trade, control arms, child soldiers

Discussion in groups and an idea for an awareness event

Discuss possible unsubscribe stall outside QMU.

Guardian article

DAWN to find stats about petitions etc


EMMA to email Guardian.

Freshers 07

September 22, 2007 in photos by Rob Hallam

Photos from freshers week 2007.

Protected: Freshers Posters

January 1, 2006 in main by Rob Hallam

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