United States of America: Amnesty International’s concerns regarding post September 11 detentions in the USA

In the two months following the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, more than 1, 200 non-US nationals were taken into custody in the USA, in nationwide sweeps for possible suspects. Partial data released by the government last November revealed that most were men of Arab or South Asian origin detained for immigration violations. Another 100 or so were charged with criminal offences, none directly relating to the events of 11 September.

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