Arbitrary detention


Arbitrary detention is the detention of an individual while there is no evidence he committed a crime or while he has been denied due process of law. Arbitrary detention is the hallmark of Bush’s War on Terror and has been widely used either by American agencies directly in Guantanamo, Afghanistan or Iraq or‘by proxy’ in countries such as Pakistan, Morocco, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen to name a few.

Victims of arbitrary detention are routinely subjected to torture and are often kept in secret locations, hence becoming victims of ‘enforced disappearance’.




Torture techniques used in the War on Terror include sensory deprivation, starvation, sleep deprivation, waterboarding, forced standing, sexual assaults and humiliation. Survivors have also commonly reported religious abuses and witnessed the Qur’an being stepped on, torn apart or thrown in the toilet.




Over the past years, numerous evidence directly implicating the US administration in rendition, arbitrary detention, torture and extrajudicial killings have been recorded. However, the War on Terror should not be regarded as a purely American enterprise.
International alliances were forged to create a systematic cooperation between the West, Eastern Europe, Africa, the Asian sub-continent and the Middle East. Hence, countries sometimes appearing to be unlikely partners have colluded in the abuses of individuals as part of the War on Terror.

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