Situation in Iraq - Notes from Sahar Mahdi

May 28th, 2008

Report of Sahar Mahdi, Iraqi lawyer

iraqatfalusa18702thirdpower.jpgThere are also cases of mass killings of many of the detainees and their dead bodies are disposed to public places due to lack of prisons and places of detention. In addition there’s a lack of communication between detainees and their families.

These organizations indicated that they constantly receive reports of widespread torture and other abuses against detainees in detention centers run by military units established by the American occupation as well as centers of the Interior Ministry and police.

Those reports indicate that detainees were beaten during the investigation consistently, to be hung from the limbs and subjected to electric shock, forced to sit on a sharp objects and their skin is burned by prison guards. And despite pledges to investigate the facts of abuse of detainees, so far there haven’t been any results of those investigations on torture. Although torture is systematically and extensive practised in Iraq.

This also showed, that the United Nations Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) should take resolute action to halt and punish the perpetrators. It also provided details regarding the brutal practices exercised by the organs of the two Kurdish parties in Northern Iraq, units PESHMARGA and security services (Alasaic) against detainees in the prisons, where they are exposed to the worst kinds of torture and inhuman treatment, and often have been arrested illegally.

According to reports the United Nations Mission to the arrest of those devices people outside the Kurdistan region, especially the provinces of Nineveh and Diyala and Salahuddin there are various charges and often spend long periods in detention without charges.

She explained that according to information from the U.S. Army Almtewardh the numbers of detainees have are in constant increase. Often, the detainees remain in detention for years without specific charges or trial or any judicial procedure identifies them.

It was proven over the years that such excuses are no more excuses for being a flimsy not supported by any concrete evidence. Furthermore, the government of the United States told the United Nations Mission in Iraq, that the correct legal procedures do not apply to cases of detention by the security forces (multinational) in Iraq because the United States considers that the conflict in Iraq is an international armed conflict; and because of that, the policy of detention fall under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations and within the United Nations to authorize the coalition forces!!

The United Nations Mission has responded to me so that in all cases the Geneva Conventions and human rights norms apply to those situations, and the right of detainees to know the reasons for their arrest. And brought before a fair trial in a short time if there is reason to, or be released.

The reports also that the ongoing U.S. occupation forces arrest Iraqi children for allegedly being involved in the activities of the resistance. The numbers of detainees whom are on the rise, as the number of children in the camp Cooper military only in mid-September in January 2007 to more than 800 children ranging in age between 11 and 17 years. These children are exposed to the same procedures for review of detention suffered by adults, which does not guarantee the right of detainees to obtain advice of lawyers presented their cases to the investigation. The Foundation for Human Rights in Iraq revealed the existence of more than 900 disabled in Iraqi jails al-Maliki government as he did not have any interest so far, and stressed that the detention is purely for sectarian reasons.

She stressed that continuing to offer the prisoners and detainees in Iraq at the trials do not have the most basic standards of justice is open defiance of the international community and all concerned to apply the rules of international humanitarian law and disregard for all human rights values and principles. This requires a firm stance to stop such crimes committed in the name of the law.