At a Crossroads – Human Rights in Iraq

Human Rights Watch has just issued a 102-page report on human rights in Iraq, calling on the government to protect the rights of vulnerable groups and to amend its penal code and all other laws that discriminate against women and violate freedom of speech.

The report also urges Baghdad to open independent and impartial investigations into all allegations of abuse against detainees, minorities, and journalists.

Joe Stork, the organisation’s deputy Middle East director, commented: “Iraq’s future as a democratic society based on respect for fundamental human rights will in large part depend on whether Iraqi authorities will adequately defend those rights. To do so, Iraqi authorities need to establish a credible criminal justice system meeting international standards with respect to torture, free expression, and violence against women and other vulnerable people in Iraq’s society.

Please click on this link to download the full report.

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