Opening up – long way to go

ABC Online: US opens Guantanamo tribunals to journalists.

This is a very small step in the right direction. The process is still a long, long way off meeting fair trial principles. In fact, it doesn’t even fully address point 14:

The right to a public hearing means that not only the parties in the case, but also the general public, have the right to be present. The public has a right to know how justice is administered, and what decisions are reached by the judicial system.

The right to hearings in public is relied upon by trial observers. The right of trial observers to “attend public hearings, proceedings and trials, and to form an opinion on their compliance with national law and applicable international obligations and commitments” …

But at least there will be a minimal level of transparency to the proceedings.