[Vision2020] Torture in Iraq Worse Than Under Saddam

Art Deco deco at moscow.com
Thu Sep 21 15:15:17 PDT 2006

Sounds reminiscent of "We had to destroy the village in order to save it."

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> Torture in Iraq 'worse than under Saddam'
> Staff and agencies
> Thursday September 21, 2006
> Guardian Unlimited
> Torture in Iraq is worse now than it was under the regime of Saddam 
> Hussein and "is totally out of hand", according to a United Nations 
> investigator.
> "The situation is so bad many people say it is worse than it has been in 
> the times of Saddam Hussein," said Manfred Nowak, a UN special 
> investigator on torture, at a press conference in Geneva.
> He said government forces, private militia and terrorist groups were all 
> involved.
> "You have terrorist groups, you have the military, you have police, you 
> have these militias. There are so many people who are actually abducted, 
> seriously tortured and finally killed," said Mr Nowak, an Austrian law 
> professor.
> "It's not just torture by the government. There are much more brutal 
> methods of torture you'll find by private militias."
> Mr Nowak also said that bodies were being discovered with very heavy and 
> very serious torture marks.
> He said a mission to Iraq to investigate torture was too dangerous, but he 
> had gathered information from interviews with people in Amman, Jordan, and 
> other sources.
> Mr Nowak is in Geneva to brief the UN Human Rights council - a body that 
> addresses human rights violations - on the situation of the United States 
> detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.
> He is one of five UN human rights investigators who in February called for 
> the closure of the camp on the grounds it was a "torture camp". The calls 
> were rejected by the US.
> Mr Nowak's comments come a day after the human rights office of the UN 
> assistance mission for Iraq (Unami) raised concerns about the violence 
> gripping the country. It said that 6,599 civilians had died in July and 
> August.
> Unami cited increasing evidence of violent torture, a growth in the 
> numbers of death squads, and a rise in the honour killings of women and 
> girls.
> "Corpses appear regularly in and around Baghdad and other areas. Most bear 
> signs of torture and appear to be victims of extrajudicial executions," 
> said the report.
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