March 17, 2014

The United States is no longer holding any “war on terror” detainees aged under 18, Washington told a UN human rights watchdog body today.

Pressed by the United Nations Human Rights Committee on its treatment of minors captured since the September 2001 attacks, the US delegation said that none were now in custody.

“We are not currently detaining anyone under the age of 18 in an armed conflict,” Brigadier General Richard Gross, legal counsel at the Department of Defence, told the committee.

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