Iraq: Thousands Detained, Including Children, in Degrading Conditions Nineveh’s extremely overcrowded detention facilities are holding thousands of prisoners in Iraq, most on terrorism charges, for extended periods in conditions so degrading that they amount to ill-treatment. The authorities should ensure that prisoners are not held in inhuman conditions and that there is a clear legal […]
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HRW: "Torture Persists in Mosul Jail"
Iraqi officers have committed torture at a detention facility in Mosul at least through early 2019, months after Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on the abuses and shared information about those responsible, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. The Iraqi government did not respond to two Human Rights Watch letters requesting an update on steps […]
ISIS Child Suspects "Arbitrarily Arrested, Tortured"
By John Lee. Iraqi and Kurdistan Regional Government authorities have charged hundreds of children with terrorism for alleged Islamic State (also known as ISIS) affiliation, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said, adding that the prosecutions are often based on dubious accusations and forced confessions obtained through torture. The 53-page report, “‘Everyone Must Confess’: Abuses against […]
Iraqi Officials "Arrest, Abuse, Harass Aid Workers"
Iraqi authorities in Nineveh are harassing, threatening, and arresting aid workers, even bringing bogus terrorism charges against them, undermining their work, Human Rights Watch said today. In some cases, local authorities are also compelling organizations to stop providing services to families the authorities accuse of ISIS ties. “As if the their working conditions aren’t difficult […]
HRW claims Children Tortured in Kurdistan
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq is torturing children to confess to involvement with the Islamic State (ISIS), according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). Children told Human Rights Watch that in 2017 and 2018, security officers, known as Asayish, used beatings, stress positions, and electric shock on boys in their custody. Most said […]
Iraq: "Chilling Accounts of Torture, Deaths"
Two former detainees and the father of a man who died in detention have provided details of ill-treatment, torture, and death in facilities run by the Iraqi Interior Ministry in the Mosul area, Human Rights Watch said on Sunday. A detainee held by the ministry’s Intelligence and Counter Terrorism Office in an east Mosul prison […]
Video: Iraq Accused of Abusing 'Terror Suspects'
From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The Iraqi National Security Service has admitted to holding hundreds of people suspected of terrorism for months. According to Human Rights Watch, the agency has been keeping them at a facility east of […]
Intelligence Agency Admits Holding Hundreds
By Human Rights Watch (HRW). Iraq’s National Security Service (NSS), an Iraqi intelligence agency reporting to Iraq’s prime minister, has acknowledged for the first time that it is detaining individuals for prolonged periods of time, despite not having a clear mandate to do so, Human Rights Watch said on Sunday. NSS is holding more than […]
ISIS Suspects’ Homes Confiscated
Iraqi security officers are denying immediate relatives of suspected Islamic State (also known as ISIS) members security clearance to reclaim homes being occupied or to seek compensation, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today. Security forces have also destroyed or confiscated some property. Such acts, based only on family relationships to ISIS suspects rather than individual […]
HRW: Displacement, Detention of Suspected “ISIS Families”
Iraqi forces have forcibly displaced at least 125 families said to have familial ties to affiliates of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today. Sunni tribal groups (known as the Hashad al-Asha'ri), within the Popular Mobilization Forces (known as the PMF or Hashd al-Sha'abi), which are under the control of […]
HRW: Looting, Destruction by Forces Fighting ISIS
From Human Rights Watch: Armed forces fighting Islamic State (also known as ISIS) to retake a town and four villages near Mosul looted, damaged, and destroyed homes, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today. There was no apparent military necessity for the demolitions, which may amount to war crimes and which took place between November 2016 […]
IS does "Incredible Job of Booby-Trapping Urban Terrain"
A report from the International Campaign to Ban Landmines says that forces of the so-called Islamic State (IS, also called ISIS or ISIL) fighting the government of Iraq have used victim-activated improvised mines, including explosive booby-traps, extensively since 2014. Numerous media reports in 2015 and 2016 suggest widespread use of victim-activated devices by IS forces […]