Saturday, August 9, 2008
One of the detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay, Djamel Ameziane, has filed a complaint against the United States with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) alleging that he was tortured, given inadequate medical treatment, and denied basic civil rights. He is represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Center for Justice and International Law. The lawsuit alleges violations of the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man. Because the United States never ratified the American Convention on Human Rights, the more aspirational Declaration is the only basis for jurisdiction that the IACHR has to investigate complaints against the United States. The United States also has not accepted the jurisdiction of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, so the Commission's enforcement power in the event a violation is found is limited to preparing and publishing a report with its findings and recommendations.