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Today Amnesty International USA will be hosting a Tweet Chat with Tom Parker, our Policy Director for Terrorism, Counterterrorism and Human Rights.

Today also marks the beginning of the Military Commission proceedings for Guantánamo detainee Omar  Khadr, who  has been in U.S. custody since the age of 15.  While the U.S. ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the  Rights of the Child on the  Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict in 2002, which Khadr should be protected by, the military commission trial completely fails this international obligation.  What's more is that some of Khadr's statements may have been made while he was being tortured. Just yesterday, his statements have been ruled admissible as the prosecution has maintained in its legal filings that "the accused was not tortured; nor subjected to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment."

Now's your chance to get your questions answered on the Obama administration’s plans to close  Guantánamo,  or, even more generally, U.S. policy on torture, terrorism or detainment.

Submit your questions any time on Twitter using hashtag #AskAI or submit in the comments below.  Then join the conversation today from 2-3pm EST by following @TomAtAmnesty.

Originally posted to Amnesty International USA on Tue Aug 10, 2010 at 06:24 AM PDT.

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