NEW YORK, United States – Human Rights Watch sent a letter to the UN Security Council asking them to address serious concerns about the detention policies of US-led forces in Iraq. The group said the US invokes Security Council resolutions to justify holding thousands of Iraqis for “indefinite periods, without judicial review, and under military processes that do not meet international standards.”
“The Bush administration pushed the [UN] Security Council to declare that the US-led occupation of Iraq had ended in June 2004,” said Joe Stork, HRW’s Middle East deputy director. “And the end of occupation means that international human rights standards apply – judicial review, access to legal counsel and family members, and a fair trial,” he added.
Human Rights Watch also called on the US to allow observers from the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq as well as independent Iraqi experts – to visit US detention facilities. The US-led troops were holding more than 24,000 people in Iraq at the end of last year, according to Unami.
“Four years since abuses at Abu Ghraib became known, Washington should finally allow independent monitors who can report publicly to visit its facilities and speak with detainees,” Stork said.
For more information, please see:
BBC – UN Probe Urged Over Iraqi Inmates – 28 April 2008
Human Rights News – UN: Tell US to End Illegal Detention Practices in Iraq – 28 April 2008
Human Rights News – Letter to the Security Council on MNF Detention Practices in Iraq – 28 April 2008