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Gisela Hirschmann

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198861249

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198861249.001.0001

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“We cannot rule out that torture is going on”

“We cannot rule out that torture is going on”

Accountability Regarding the Rights of Detainees in Afghanistan

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Accountability in Global Governance

Gisela Hirschmann

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes the conditions for pluralist accountability in response to the violation of the rights of detainees in Afghanistan that were captured by NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and transferred to United States or Afghan custody. The analysis demonstrates that the lack of competition among third parties to act as advocates for the rights of suspected terrorists in Afghanistan, as well as the low vulnerability of the United States government regarding human rights demands in the immediate aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001, hindered the emergence of pluralist accountability in the case of detainees transferred to the United States-led coalition forces. In contrast, the case on the rights of detainees transferred by ISAF to the Afghan government shows how competition within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, and increasing vulnerability of the transferring ISAF states with regard to human rights demands, fostered pluralist accountability.

Keywords:   Afghanistan, accountability, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, NATO, International Security Assistance Force, Operation Enduring Freedom, detentions, human rights

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