[QODLink]
Riz Khan
Is Bagram the new Guantanamo?
We look at allegations of prisoner abuse at the US detention centre in Afghanistan.
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2009 08:31 GMT

Watch part two

Former detainees at the Bagram detention centre north of Kabul claim that they have been abused.

They say many of the interrogation techniques used in Guantanamo are also being used in Bagram, which holds about 600 prisoners. 

Beatings and death threats are a common occurrence at the US detention centre in Afghanistan.

Barack Obama, the US president, has promised to close Guantanamo early next year.

But he has said little about Bagram and there are no public details of who is being detained there, what they are being held for and how they are being treated. 

On Tuesday's show we look at the conditions and treatment of detainees inside Bagram.

Joining Riz to doscuss this is David Rivkin, who served in the justice department in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations. He argues that closing Guantanamo will hurt the war effort.

Also on the show is Andy Worthington, the author of the Guantanamo Files which provides accounts from Guantanamo prisoners on the conditions they face. He also highlights abuses at Bagram on his blog. 

This episode of the Riz Khan show aired on Tuesday, September 29, 2009.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
In Brussels, NGO staff are being trained to fill the shortfall of field workers in West Africa.
Lawsuit by 6-year-old girl, locked up for a year, reignites debate over indefinite detention of 'boat people'.
Indonesian and Malaysian authorities are keeping a close eye on local supporters of the hard-line Middle East group.
Citizens of the tiny African nation say they're increasingly anxious of the fallout after alleged coup.
A humanitarian crisis and a budget crisis converge in the heart of the human smuggling corridor in Texas.
join our mailing list