Daphne Eviatar


Daphne Eviatar, Senior Associate in Law and Security for Human Rights First, discusses the circumstances surrounding Omar Khadr’s capture and incarceration in Afghanistan at the age of 15 in 2002, the Military Commissions judge’s decision to allow the admissibility of a confession extracted under threat of death, the irony of the U.S. prosecuting Khadr for war crimes while sponsoring amnesty and rehabilitation for child soldiers in Africa, the purging of jurors who had any negative opinion on Guantanamo prison or U.S. foreign policy and the question of just who committed war crimes (Khadr – unarmed – was shot twice in the back).

MP3 here. (25:55)

Daphne Eviatar is a lawyer and freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, The Nation, Legal Affairs, Mother Jones, the Washington Independent, HuffingtonPost and many others. She is a Senior Reporter at The American Lawyer, Senior Associate in Law and Security for Human Rights First and was an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow in 2005 and a Pew International Journalism fellow in 2002.

3 thoughts on “Daphne Eviatar”

  1. Has anyone from the more powerful party to a war ever been tried for a war crime? Aren't war crimes only for losers?

  2. Yes there have been personell from the more powerful party prosecuted for war crimes, it is however unusual.

    Ironically one that was prosecuted related to a US Soldier waterboarding a Philipino in the Spanish American Wars, one of those war crimes that the Bush Administrations Mr YOO couldnt find when he said that Waterboarding was legal.

    There was also the case of Breaker Morant in the Boer War in South Africa at the turnof the Twentieth Century.

    Of course there were others as well but always to soldiers in the field and not to the Statesman (for want of another word) or the Generals that ordered the war or the action.

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