Thursday, 9 August 2007

I hope we know what we are doing

With this Government's record, I don't have a lot of confidence. However, maybe they will be proved right on this occasion.

On our behalf, the FCO has requested the release of five inmates of Guantanamo Bay. None of them are British, but for whatever reason they have been given permission to live here. According to the BBC article (and they don't normally give a fair hearing to the US), the Americans consider these men to be dangerous and are seeking assurances in that regard. It does not say why they cannot return to their own countries.

"These steps include an increasing emphasis on engagement with third countries over the transfer and resettlement of those detained," the Foreign Office said. Indeed. But why third countries? Why not make efforts to return people to their own countries? Perhaps there are good reasons in these cases but a bit of transparency wouldn't go amiss.

The FCO has assured us "Should these men be returned to the UK, the same security considerations and actions will apply to them as would apply to any other foreign national in this country." God help us, then. The usual actions are to allow foreign nationals to come and go as they please and to hope for the best. No wonder the Americans have doubts about releasing prisoners to us!

1 comment:

Mousie said...

It's a bit of a worry isn't it?

I'd like to think we were being fair, doing the right thing and treating these people appropriately, but given this government's record of getting it so badly wrong in the past, I'm still concerned.