Not Saussure

September 21, 2006

Torture in Iraq ‘worse than under Saddam

Filed under: Iraq, Politics, UK, War on Terror — notsaussure @ 8:10 pm

Torture in Iraq is worse now than it was under the regime of Saddam Hussein and “is totally out of hand”, according to a United Nations investigator. “The situation is so bad many people say it is worse than it has been in the times of Saddam Hussein,” said Manfred Nowak, a UN special investigator on torture, at a press conference in Geneva. He said government forces, private militia and terrorist groups were all involved. “You have terrorist groups, you have the military, you have police, you have these militias. There are so many people who are actually abducted, seriously tortured and finally killed,” said Mr Nowak, an Austrian law professor. “It’s not just torture by the government. There are much more brutal methods of torture you’ll find by private militias.

Guardian

And, in a related report,

The U.N. Assistance Mission in Iraq on Wednesday urged the Iraqi government to invite Nowak to come and look into allegations of torture in prisons run by the U.S.-led multinational force as well as by the Interior and Defense ministries and by militias.

Bodies found in the Baghdad morgue “often bear signs of severe torture including acid-induced injuries and burns caused by chemical substances, missing skin, broken bones — back, hands and legs — missing eyes, missing teeth and wounds caused by power drills or nails,” the mission said.

Right, so that’s no WMD, no links with Al Qaida, and now this. I wonder what Ann Clwyd, whose powerful speech on Saddam’s regime of torture doubtless helped sway many Labour votes in the debate on the eve of the invasion, makes of it all.

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