Canadian soldiers have replaced American forces in Afghanistan, primarily in the Kandahar region, and are soon to be joined by English and Dutch forces. This is not the typical peace-keeping mission which is familiar to all Canadians--this is a shooting war. And as such, questions arise which have long been discussed in the United States. One is the question of the treatment of prisoners.
From The Toronto Star
Canadians capture 10 Taliban suspects
Largest group apprehended yet
Raid finds money, bomb materials
May 12, 2006. 12:00 AM
As reported by the Canadian Press, and publish in The Toronto Star.
What is ironic about this is that the media in Canada are demanding to know what the military has "to hide." The Canadian deployment to Afghanistan is being increasingly criticized in Canada, especially as the dead and wounded come home. Rather than acknowledging that the Canadian Defense Forces are operating under the provision of the Geneva Convention, the press are suspicious that Prime Minister Harper's government may be attempting to keep information from the public.
The second paragraph of Article 13, Part II, of the Third Geneva Convention, that part being entitled General Protection of Prisoners of War
, reads, in its entirety:
Likewise, prisoners of war must at all times be protected, particularly against acts of violence or intimidation and against insults and public curiosity.
(Ontario) Free Press
says News Service asked to hold prisoner photos. The Toronto Globe and Mail
alleges that Forces try to suppress photos of prisoners.
Compare this to the treatment of "detainees" by Americans, and in particular, the treatment of "detainees" at Abu Ghraib. There is definitely a difference of style.