Tens of thousands of detainees held without trial in Iraq, many of whom were recently transferred from US custody, remain at risk of torture and other forms of ill-treatment, Amnesty International says in a new report (57-page report “published today.The study has found that the human rights situation remains horrible in Iraq, with random arrests and secret imprisonment. There is also a lack of accountability issue throughout the security forces.
Amnesty International Middle East and North Africa Director Malcolm Smart said:“Iraq’s security forces have been responsible for systematically violating detainees’ rights and they have been permitted to do so with impunity.“Yet, the US authorities, whose own record on detainees’ rights has been so poor, have now handed over thousands of people detained by US forces to face this catalogue of illegality, violence and abuse, abdicating any responsibility for their human rights.”
Malcolm Smart added:“The Iraqi authorities have signally failed to take effective action to stop torture and punish the perpetrators, despite overwhelming evidence of its use.
A spokesman for Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki described the 30,000 figure as “extremely exaggerated” and “inaccurate.”Al-Moussawi said Amnesty International was relying on reports from “biased sources,” such as relatives of detainees. Al-Moussawi said that there are “no secret prisons” in Iraq.