Yahoo! News Story - Jailed Iraqi children run free as marines roll into Baghdad suburbs

Owen Byrne owen at
Tue Apr 8 21:22:59 PDT 2003

Yahoo!News wrote:

> *daniel grisinger (daniel at* has sent you a news article. 
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> *Personal message:*
> this is what the peace activists were opposed to. this is what the 
> antiwar crowd is--a group of people demonstrating in favor of the 
> right of a vicious dictator to imprison children.
> how about it, guys, do you still think that these children were better 
> off sitting in an iraqi prison than they are free?
> /Jailed Iraqi children run free as marines roll into Baghdad suburbs/
> <> 

And this is what Al-Qaeda wants to overthrow:
How can I justify not supporting them?:


> *USA: More double standards as another child offender set to be executed*

In the same week that Secretary of State Colin Powell spoke of "the 
steadfast commitment of the United States to advance internationally 
agreed human rights principles worldwide", the USA is set to violate a 
fundamental principle of international law respected across the world, 
Amnesty International said today, as Oklahoma prepared to execute Scott 
Hain for a crime committed when he was 17.

> "Where will that steadfast commitment be at 6pm on Thursday evening (3 
> April 2003) in Oklahoma's death chamber?" asked Amnesty International. 
> "As the execution team kills Scott Hain, the USA's claim to be global 
> human rights champion will once again be drained of credibility."
> International law prohibits the use of the death penalty against 
> anyone who was under 18 years old at the time of the crime. The USA is 
> today virtually the only country prepared to flout this principle.
> "Scott Hain is set to become the fourth child offender to be executed 
> in the world in the past 12 months", Amnesty International said. "All 
> four will have been put to death in the United States."
> Scott Hain would also become the 18th child offender reported to have 
> been executed worldwide in the past six years. All but five will have 
> been killed in the USA, whose President has repeatedly stressed its 
> commitment to the rule of law.
> On Monday, launching the US State Department's reports on human rights 
> in other countries, Secretary Powell referred to President Bush's 
> "solemn pledge that the United States will always stand for the 
> non-negotiable demands of human dignity."
> "Warehousing a child offender for 15 years, before strapping him down 
> and injecting him with poison - how does that uphold human dignity?", 
> Amnesty International asked, noting that last October four US Supreme 
> Court Justices described the execution of prisoners for crimes 
> committed when they were under 18 years old as "a relic of the past" 
> and a "shameful practice."
> Also in October, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights found 
> that by continuing this practice, the USA was violating a norm of 
> international law from which no country can exempt itself. It noted 
> that "the acceptance of this norm crosses political and ideological 
> boundaries", and added that violations had been roundly condemned by 
> the international community. Numerous resolutions and statements at 
> the United Nations have called for* *an end to the execution of child 
> offenders.
> *Background*
> The USA has put 21 child offenders to death since executions resumed 
> there in 1977, and another 80 prisoners await execution for crimes 
> committed when they were 16 or 17. Oklahoma executed Sean Sellers in 
> 1999 for a crime committed when he was 16. Scott Hain is currently the 
> only other child offender on Oklahoma's death row, where prisoners are 
> housed in conditions that violate international standards. Effectively 
> housed underground, they are confined to their concrete cells for up 
> to 24 hours without access to natural light or fresh air.
> Scott Hain and Robert Lambert were sentenced to death for the 1987 
> murders of Michael Houghton and Laura Sanders. Although the state is 
> still seeking Robert Lambert's execution, he may yet be protected from 
> execution by last year's Supreme Court ruling that the execution of 
> people with mental retardation is unconstitutional. The ruling came 13 
> years after the United Nations urged all countries to take that step.
> On Monday, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted 5-0 to reject 
> clemency for Scott Hain. Amnesty International continues to appeal to 
> Governor Brad Henry to stop the execution, which is scheduled for 6pm 
> on 3 April 2003 in Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.


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