Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Humanitarian situation in Iraq still dire despite bolstered security, reports say

Amnesty International’s recent report on Iraq declares that “a climate of impunity has prevailed, the economy is in tatters and the refugee crisis keeps escalating,” CNN reported Monday.

In light of the five-year anniversary of the war in Iraq, Amnesty International and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) released extensive reports outlining the grave circumstances in the war-torn country. Among other concerns, the ICRC noted that healthcare is severely inadequate and Amnesty said “the economy is in tatters and the refugee crisis” keeps escalating.

Amnesty also discussed the high number of civilian causalities, saying: “Civilians are also at risk from Multi-National Forces and Iraqi security forces, with many killed by excessive force and tens of thousands detained without charge or trial.” The group also criticized the Iraqi government, asserting that it has “failed to introduce practical measures to deal with the gross and serious human rights violations perpetrated by its security forces. There appears to be no serious willingness to investigate properly the many incidents of abuses, including killings of civilians, torture and rape, and to bring those responsible to justice.”

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