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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

How Many More Iraqis Can You Throw Behind Bars Without Trial?

Reports that U.S. and Iraqi government jails hold nearly 100,000 prisoners, most of them languishing there without trial and proof of wrong doing, are appalling. Most arrests in Iraq whether by U.S. or Iraqi troops are arbitrary, carried out with little or no evidence. The U.S. was most vociferous in its condemnation of the former regime for its arbitrary and summary arrests and inhuman conditions of its prisons. But for many Iraqis this so-called 'beacon of democracy' has even surpassed Saddam Hussein in human rights violations. U.S. troops can do almost everything with impunity in Iraq. They have the right to seize any one in the country merely on suspicion of 'terror' which no authority in the world can define what it really means. And to provide enough room for its Iraqi suspects, the U.S. has built numerous prisons in the country -- perhaps its only post-war reconstruction feat.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Jang said...

This is really so bad. So to see withdrawl of forces soon from iraq

August 20, 2008 3:23 AM  

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