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  • United States quits foreign inmate accord

    Thursday, March 10, 2005 Posted: 6:44 PM EST (2344 GMT)

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States has withdrawn from an accord that lets an international court decide disputes over foreign inmates of U.S. prisoners, an agreement used by death penalty opponents in their fight against executions.

    The decision followed an International Court of Justice ruling last year that ordered new hearings for 51 Mexican death row inmates because U.S. authorities did not tell them they could consult diplomats from their own country right after their arrests.

    The withdrawal was likely to anger Mexico, which opposes the U.S. death penalty, on the day Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice paid a visit to the southern U.S. neighbor.

    The United States initially backed the Vienna Convention protocol, hoping it would further protect its citizens detained abroad. But its withdrawal reflects a determination to counter international pressure over the U.S. death penalty.

    "In the use of the Optional Protocol, frankly, the way it's being interpreted and the way it's being used go against the original ideas that we signed up for," State Department spokesman Adam Ereli said.

    President Bush, a staunch defender of the death penalty, will comply with previous rulings of the court, also known as the World Court.

    U.S. officials will also continue to abide by the 1969 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations requiring it to tell foreigners they have the right to see a diplomat.

    Pulling out of the related protocol would leave disputes over foreign inmates in the hands of U.S. courts, eliminating what the Bush administration sees as outside interference.

    "It is not a question of whether we believe in consular notification, it's a jurisdictional issue," Rice told reporters traveling with her to Mexico.

    Rice, who issued a March 7 letter to the United Nations about the decision, said that only 30 percent of the countries who signed up to the convention also agreed to the protocol.

    The U.N. had not yet received the letter and had no immediate comment, U.N. spokeswoman Marie Okabe said.

    Bush won a reputation abroad in his first term for a go-it-alone approach to foreign policy when he rejected the Kyoto international treaty on the environment.

    While he has stressed cooperation with the international community since his re-election in November, he remains leery of such bodies as the International Criminal Court, opposing its use most recently to deal with atrocities in Sudan.

    The death penalty is contentious in the United States and widely unpopular abroad but the inmate access issue has particularly caused tensions between the Bush administration and Mexico.

    Bush agreed in February to comply with the World Court decision on the 51 Mexican death row inmates, whose cases were taken up by capital punishment opponents.

    The U.S. government previously left it up to the states to decide what to do regarding the Mexicans.

    The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on March 28 in the case of Mexican Jose Medellin, who was convicted of murder during a sexual assault and sentenced to death in 1994 in Texas.

    http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/03/10/vie...eut/index.html

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    Why mention only the USA?

    only 30 percent of the countries who signed up to the convention also agreed to the protocol.
    So these countries are doing something they dont agree with, and were not. Good for us.
    Warpox exposes himself | Editorial 1 4 | 2Pox

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