Justice in Iraq

Human Rights Watch estimates that 2,500 people are being held by Kurdish security forces, many of them lost in the legal system, according to the New York Times. Many inmates are held without enough water or medicine, and not allowed a copy of the Koran. They are also sometimes beaten by the Kurdish guards.

Many have not had trials or have been in prison longer than their sentence. Others have disappeared.

The New York Times also reported that hundreds of Iraqi and British soldiers attacked a police station in Basra yesterday, rescuing 127 prisoners. A British military spokesman described the jail’s conditions as “appalling,” and more than 100 men were in a single 30 by 40 feet cell, many showing signs of torture such as cigarette burns, crushed hands and feet, and gunshot wounds.

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