Thursday, February 6, 2014

Thousands of Women Are Raped in Iraqi Prisons; Human Rights Watch: Many Detained for Years

Iraqi authorities are detaining thousands of women illegally and subjecting them to torture and sexual abuse, a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report released today (February 6, 2014) reveals, according to the Reuters website.

Many women were detained for many months -- even years -- without being charged before seeing a judge, HRW said.

In custody, women described being kicked, slapped, hung upside-down and beaten on the soles of their feet, given electric shocks, threatened with sexual assault by security forces during interrogation, and even raped.

"The abuses of women we documented are in many ways at the heart of the current crisis in Iraq," said HRW's deputy Middle East and North Africa director Joe Stork in a statement accompanying the report, titled: "'No One Is Safe:' Abuses of Women in Iraq's Criminal Justice System."

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