U.S. judge signals he may order more Abu Ghraib photo

A federal judge signaled on Wednesday he may order the U.S. government to release as many as 2,000 photographs depicting the alleged harsh treatment of detainees in U.S. custody at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and other sites.
U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in New York ruled the U.S. Department of Defense had failed to show why releasing the photographs would endanger the lives of American soldiers and workers abroad.
He also said former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta apparently had not considered each individual photograph before determining in late 2012 that allof them should remain secret.

Lest We Forget: the horrifying images from Abu-Ghraib Prison in Iraq

 It was on the evening of Wednesday, April 28 that CBS’s 60 Minutes first broke the news that shocked the nation and the entire world. They had obtained 8 exclusive photographs of prisoners detained in Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, Iraq being physically and sexually abused by none other than United States military personnel, and the question on everyone’s mind was whether or not this was official U.S. policy, or was it just a couple of soldiers “gone rogue.”

These photographs came to light only because a member of the 372nd Military Police Company, Spc. Sabrina Harmon, took pictures of the torture they inflicted and sent them to friends back home in an apparent attempt to boast about how “tough” she was being with these “terrorists.” Of course, in reality the U.S. military’s victims in this case weren’t “terrorists” at all. According to the military’s own intelligence, which was in turn relayed to the International Red Cross, up to 90% of all inmates interned in U.S. occupational prisons in Iraq,

 

 

Towards accountability and justice

Iraq’s recent history includes two far reaching events: the UN sanctions imposed on Iraq in 1990 and the 2003 US invasion and subsequent occupation. Together with a coalition of NGOs, research centers and universities from Iraq and throughout the world, GICJ documents human rights violations that took place in Iraq, and reports them to bodies of the United Nations such as the Human Rights Council. The aim of the process is to achieve justice for victims through all possible legal means and to prevent impunity for the perpetrators and stop similar violations. 

Human Rights Violations in Iraq

Struan Stevenson MEP
President of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq

Saturday, 11th May 2013

News agencies across the globe have carried horrific images of the dead bodies of unarmed protestors massacred by Iraqi government forces in the Sunni enclave of Hawija on 23rd April. Videos showed the desecration of the corpses of those killed and the wounded left lying in the streets. These troubling images have created fear and consternation in Iraq and left the wider world- community reeling in shock at the renewed chaos and violence in Iraq. The massacre allegedly carried out on the direct instructions of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, led to the deaths of 70 innocent people, with a further 270 seriously injured. Since the Hawija massacre, attacks on other protests and demonstrations have continued and protesters have been systematically assassinated.

HUMAN RIGHTS IN IRAQ

Since the Arab Spring began, Iraqi security forces have clamped down violently against peaceful demonstrators who demanded better services and an end to corruption. Since late 2011, authorities have curtailed demonstrations by flooding Baghdad’s weekly protests with pro-government supporters and undercover security agents. Iraq remains exceptionally dangerous for journalists, with security forces routinely threatening or even beating and arresting media workers. Authorities also confiscate or destroy their equipment. Armed groups kill hundreds of civilians and security forces every year. Abusers are rarely brought to justice for violating the rights of Iraq's most vulnerable citizens – women and girls, minorities, members the LBGT community, and detainees

World Report 2014: Iraq | Human Rights Watch

Human rights conditions in Iraq continued to deteriorate in 2013. Security dramatically declined as sectarian tensions deepened. Al Qaeda in Iraq and other insurgent groups emboldened by the Syrian conflict and Iraq’s political crisis carried out nearly daily attacks against civilians, making 2013 the bloodiest of the last five years. Suicide attacks, car bombs, and assassinations became more frequent and lethal, killing more than 3,000 people and injuring more than 7,000 between May and August alone.

Reed Brody, Human Rights Watch: Media's Countdown to War in Iraq

Uploaded on Feb 16, 2012

Reed Brody, Human Rights Watch, Lawyer
Interviewed on July 2nd, 2004
Transcript at http://echochamberproject.com/brody

WikiLeaks WAR LIES (USA Soliders Declaration and Iraq Intelligence Declaration)

Published on Nov 20, 2014

WARNING Graphic War Footage
USA Soliders Declaration and Iraq Intelligence Declaration (Hussein Ali Kamal)

Inside Blackwater: Iraq's Most Controversial Private Military Contractor

 

US-trained death squads' organized torture sites across Iraq

Published time: April 08, 2013 23:25

 After one year in Iraq the US government secretly enlisted retired Special Forces operatives to train Shia militia in the art of torture and other war crimes that fueled the Iraqi civil war, according to a new report.