Bush Admin: Greatest defaulter of Human Rights?
Bush Administration: Greatest defaulter of Human Rights?
By Tanveer Jafri
United States of America is counted as the most powerful & prosperous country among the list of powerful countries of the world. Undoubtedly, only due to this, most of the countries may be the democratic, or under dictatorship or under monarchy, heads of all such countries desire to be at the good terms with America. Their relations may or mayn’t be good with the other countries of the world. This knee bowing of all the countries was still going on when on September 11, 2001, America had to face the most planned & barbarous attack in the world. This terrorist attack pained not only America but its severity, indaringness & inhuman results of this attack astonished the world over. The terrorists put a great challenge before George W. Bush 2. President Bush declared a worldwide war against terrorism. More than half of the countries of the world sympathized America in this mission & they were it. America began to find its roots in Afghanistan & started to uproot it. According to George Bush, his war against terrorism is still going on.
Now the struggle that started about five years ago, known as America Vs Terrorism has its present view with some difference. Undoubtedly George Bush attacked Afghanistan thinking that the government of Afghanistan is run by Talibani people. Osama Bin Laden, Mulla Umar & others has hard religionist’s ideology that spread terrorism in the name of Jehad. After destroying Talibani power & forcing terrorists like Laden & Mulla Umar to take shelter in the caves, American mission has lost its directions. After Afghanistan, Bush administration began to see all the countries, as terrorists, who didn’t care for the interests of America. Iraq, Iran & North Korea etc. can be counted in this list. A big country like India may have been with America against Afghanistan in fighting terrorism but American President Bush, who is ready to finish terrorism in the world is never seen sincere in fighting terrorism in Kashmir & helping India in this regard.
Anyhow America that won sympathy of the world after the incident of September 11, especially Bush administration because of all such mistakes & bitter criticism is under wrong impression at the world level. There are many issues along with the killing of thousands of innocent people in Afghanistan & Iraq by American soldiers, which raise a finger against Bush administration & find it guilty of ignoring human rights. The burning issue among these is of Abu Gareb Jail in Iraq & Guvantanamo Bay in Cuba. In Abu Gareb Jail in Iraq, there are ordinary prisoners along with the prisoners of mutiny against the present government. Where as in Guvantanamo Bay there are prisoners of several countries that are accused of spreading terrorism in the world. There were about 4500 Iraqi prisoners in March this year in Abu Gareb Jail. After the end of the rule of Saddam Hussain, now American Army is looking after the Abu Gareb Jail. This is the same prison where pictures of inhuman behaviour & torture of prisoners by American soldiers were published in the newspapers of many countries & there was a great hue & cry in the world.
Similarly, the Guvantanamo Bay prison situated in Cuba which is known as a ‘Torture Camp’ is seen as the greatest centre of discarding human rights. At first common people didn’t know about the prisoners in this torture camp & even people didn’t know about the countries of these prisoners. But Associated Press News Agency, telling about the freedom of information challenged it. After that, American defence department, Pentagon issued a list which told that there were 558 prisoners of 41 countries, who were imprisoned in this Guvantanamo Bay torture camp, simply on the doubt of being a part of terrorism activities. There are 132 prisoners from Saudi Arabia, 125 from Afghanistan, 107 from Yemen & more than 20 from China & Algeria. In it, there are some prisoners who are living in this torture camp for more than four years.
Torture of prisoners in the torture camp of Guvantanamo Bay has become a common talk for four years. Where as General Secretary of United Nations Kofi Annan & United Nation’s Commissioner of Human Rights Luis Arbur have asked to close this camp? Arbur has gone to the extent by saying that some prisoners are here for so many years that if American Judiciary tries its best, it can’t compensate it. In this torture camp, 84 prisoners went on hunger strike last year because of too much torture. American soldiers’ ill treated even those striking prisoners. One prisoner of his striking colleagues is tried to a heavy chair made of a metal & was poured food thrice a day through putting a pipe in their mouth. He said that because of excesses of American soldiers, he was feeling himself as an old man even at the age of 29.
Anyhow, world Human Rights Commissioner has demanded in United Nations, the closure of this torture camp. The chief officers of World Human Rights Organization have said that there is no alternative but to close this torture camp in Cuba. On the other side, President George Bush is also being seen ready to close the torture camp at Guvantanamo Bay, but he is waiting for a Supreme Court decision on this issue. About the long time captivity & about their hearing in Army Tribunal, there is a bitter criticism of the Bush Government in the world. There is criticism of Bush Government also because of the miserable condition of the prisoners in the prison. It is hoped that there will be an early decision of American Supreme Court about the prisoners of this torture camp. This decision will decide whether these prisoners of Guvantanamo Bay are to be tried in Army Tribunal or in Civil Courts.
On the other side American Army have made seven allegations & accused former Chief of Iraq’s Abu Gareb Jail, Lieutenant Colonel Steven Jordan, of misbehaving the prisoners. Jordan was chief of that jail in those days when the prisoners there, were treated in humanly, & pictures of those ill behaviour were published in the newspapers of the entire world. Jordan is accused of doing the prisoner naked & of frightened from dogs. Jordan is also accused of misusing his position & gave wrong information to the enquiry officers enquiring about the torture of the prisoners in Abu Gareb jail & also made them to enter wrong statements. Before this in 2003 to 2004, ten officers of lower ranks have been accused or such affairs. But Lieutenant Colonel Steven Jordan is the first high level U.S. officer in Iraq, who has faced such allegations.
Although George Bush by showing his constant to close the Guvantanamo Bay torture camp & by accusing Jordan the former chief of Abu Gareb Jail, Bush administration is trying to give a message to the world that America is a just country that talks of humanity. But all the human rights organizations of the world accuse that America is openly discarding the rules of United Nations & it itself is a part of this pain & torture. These organizations are clearly saying that not only in Iraq, Cuba & Afghanistan but in other countries where CIA has kept its prisoners that are being allowed to be tortured & ill behaved by Bush Administration. Now the question before the world is that should the humanitarians have sympathy for Bush administration that is fighting against terrorism or should they consider it that deserves hatred because it has crossed all limits of cruelty, barbarous ness & inhumanity.
Writer Tanveer Jafri is a columnist in India related with hundreds of most popular daily news papers/portals in india and abroad.Almost, he writes in the field of communal harmony, world peace, anti communalism, anti terrorism, national integration, national & international politics etc.He is a devoted social activist for world peace, unity, integrity & brotherhood. He is also a member of Haryana Sahitya Academy & Haryana Urdu Academy (state govt. bodies in India). Thousands articles of the author have been published in different newspapers, websites & newsportals throughout the world. He is also a receipent of so many awards in the field of Communal Harmony & other social activities.*