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Arbitrary or extrajudicial detention is the detention of individuals by a state, without ever laying formal charges against them.
Detention without charge, sometimes in secret, has been one of the hallmarks of totalitarian states. Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that, "No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile."
Writ of Habeas Corpus
In English speaking democracies, since the thirteenth century signing of the Magna Carta, captives were able to call upon the writ of habeas corpus — literally "you have the body." This legal procedure required the state to show that there was a meaningful, legal justification for their detention.
Detention without charge by democratic countries
In recent decades some democratic countries have introduced limited mechanisms whereby individuals can be detained without being charged or convicted of a crime. See, for example, the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and the Canadian Minister's Security Certificate.
- Administrative detention
- Guantanamo Bay detention camp
- Black site
- Arbitrary arrest and detention
- Extrajudicial prisoners of the United States
- Frederick Zimmerman, ed (2004). Basic documents about the treatment of the detainees at Guantánamo and Abu .... Nimble Books LLC,. ISBN 978-0-9754479-0-1. http://books.google.ca/books?id=AQwCZufvntYC&pg=PA201&dq=%22extrajudicial+detention%22+guantanamo&hl=en&ei=OXhlTLKoKpOhngf20fWBDA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=%22extrajudicial%20detention%22%20guantanamo&f=false. "Hamdi argues that he is owed a meaningful and timely hearing at that "extrajudicial detention [that] begins and ends with the submission of an affidavit based on third-hand hearsay" does not comport with the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments."
- Karen J. Greenberg. The Least Worst Place: How Guantanamo Became the World's Most Notorious Prison. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-955767-7. http://books.google.ca/books?id=dhxhzg6RiI4C&pg=PA91&dq=%22extrajudicial+detention%22+guantanamo&hl=en&ei=OXhlTLKoKpOhngf20fWBDA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CDwQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=%22extrajudicial%20detention%22%20guantanamo&f=false. "In other words the lawyers who were struggling to discover or invent--a legal rationale for indefinite extrajudicial detention, unregulated yb American of international law, had come down to see, however briefly, the flesh and blood reality that their ongoing work affected."
- Guantanamo group of 47 'should be held indefinitely' BBC January 22, 2010
- Human Rights First: In Pursuit of Justice; Prosecuting Terrorism Cases in the Federal Courts (2009)
- Human Rights First; Undue Process: An Examination of Detention and Trials of Bagram Detainees in Afghanistan in April 2009 (2009)ms:Tahanan seguridad