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Tuesday, March 01, 2005

IRAQ'S New Law Enforcement Raping and Torturing Iraqi's

NY Times: U.S. Cites Array of Rights Abuses by the Iraqi Government in 2004

Excerpt: WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 - The State Department on Monday detailed an array of human rights abuses last year by the Iraqi government, including torture, rape and illegal detentions by police officers and functionaries of the interim administration that took power in June.

In the Bush administration's bluntest description of human rights transgressions by the American-supported government, the report said the Iraqis "generally respected human rights, but serious problems remained" as the government and American-led foreign forces fought a violent insurgency. It cited "reports of arbitrary deprivation of life, torture, impunity, poor prison conditions - particularly in pretrial detention facilities - and arbitrary arrest and detention."

The lengthy discussion came in a chapter on Iraq in the department's annual report on human rights, which pointedly criticized not only countries that had been found chronically deficient, like North Korea, Syria and Iran, but also some close American allies, including Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

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Hard Comment on the Story: It sounds like things are improving, but the problems are still there. Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan also mentioned.


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