Monday, July 24, 2006

This is the most surprising thing ever.

The Iraqi government has called for an investigation after New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on Sunday that US military personnel regularly torture and abuse Iraqi detainees under interrogation.
"We urge the US government to explain the accusations present in the HRW report and punish severely those who have used torture," said Ahmed Abdel-Kareem, a senior official at the Ministry of Human Rights. "Since the Abu Ghraib scandal in 2004, the US military has claimed that it had abandoned such procedures and that serious investigations were underway. But now we see that the problem has only worsened."
According to the report, which covered the period from 2003 to 2005, Iraqi prisoners were routinely mistreated while under interrogation by US forces. John Sifton, author of the 53-page report and a senior researcher on terrorism at HRW, says that the US military command in Iraq actually condones such methods. "These accounts rebut US government claims that torture and abuse in Iraq was unauthorised and exceptional," said Sifton. "On the contrary, it was condoned and commonly used."


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