Amnesty International Press Release
For Immediate Release:
Friday, October 22, 2010
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“We have not yet had an opportunity to study the leaked files in detail but they add to our concern that the U.S. authorities committed a serious breach of international law when they summarily handed over thousands of detainees to Iraqi security forces -- who, they knew, were continuing to torture and abuse detainees on a truly shocking scale,” said Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International’s director for the Middle East and North Africa.
The new disclosures appear to closely match the findings of “New Order, Same Abuses: Unlawful Detentions and Torture in
“These documents apparently provide further evidence that the
“The United States failed to respect this obligation in Iraq despite the great volume of evidence, available from many different quarters, showing that the Iraqi security forces use torture widely and are allowed to do so with impunity,” said Smart. “The information said to be in these documents also underscores the urgent need for the Iraqi government to take concrete measures to end torture, ensure the safety of all detainees, and root out and bring to justice those responsible for torture and other serious human rights abuses, however senior their position.”
Amnesty International continues to campaign for full accountability in the cases of all those detainees tortured and ill-treated by
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