Thursday, 26 July 2012
Iraq Urged to Halt Executions after Court Upholds 196 Death Sentences
AI report (July 24th): Amnesty International urged Iraqi authorities to commute all pending death sentences and impose a moratorium on executions with a view to abolish the death penalty after the chief of police in the Iraqi governorate of Anbar announced on Monday a Court of Cassation decision to uphold 196 death sentences in the region.
Sunday, 22 July 2012
MoD accused of withholding evidence of 'shocking' treatment of Iraqi civilians
The Guardian reports (July 19th): The Ministry of Defence has been accused of withholding evidence of "truly shocking" treatment of civilians in an incident involving the most serious allegations made so far against British forces in Iraq.
Interrogations by British military personnel involved "young men of 18, 19, and 20, some seriously injured with gunshot wounds, being stripped naked, forced to stand, not given appropriate medical treatment, and threatened with violence whilst still under the shock of capture in the middle of the night", said Patrick Connor QC, counsel for the Iraqi detainees.
He was addressing a hearing relating to the public inquiry into allegations that British soldiers murdered a number of Iraqis and abused others in May 2004 after the soldiers had been involved in a fierce gun battle.