Monday, January 24, 2005

Torture Still Routine in Iraq jails

Torture Still Routine in Iraqi Jails, Report Says
Published: January 24, 2005
Filed at 7:02 p.m. ET

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi authorities routinely torture prisoners, a leading human rights group said Tuesday, citing examples of abuse which will sound all too familiar to those who suffered under Saddam Hussein.

Prisoners have been beaten with cables and hosepipes, and suffered electric shocks to their earlobes and genitals, the U.S.-based group Human Rights Watch said. Some have been starved of food and water and crammed into standing-room only cells.

``The people of Iraq were promised something better than this after the government of Saddam Hussein fell,'' said Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of the group's Middle East and North Africa division.

``The Iraqi interim government is not keeping its promises to honor and respect basic human rights. Sadly, the Iraqi people continue to suffer from a government that acts with impunity in its treatment of detainees.''

Go to above link to read full story. Another example of what we have wrought.