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Human Rights Watch: Iraqi Court of Cassation ignores allegations of torture

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The Iraqi Court of Cassation ignored allegations of torture and relied on unsupported confessions in almost 20 cases in 18 months, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday.

The human rights organization confirmed in a report that “forensic examinations proved some allegations of torture,” noting that “some of the confessions are not supported by any other evidence, and appear to have been extracted by force through torture.”

“These cases show that the gaps in the Iraqi criminal justice system extend to the highest level,” the UN said.

The organization called on member states of the international coalition to agree not to transfer ISIS suspects from Syria to Iraq so that the Iraqi judicial system can ensure that criminal trials comply with international fair trial standards.

The report quoted the acting director of the Middle East section of the organization for what he said, “A large number of the judgments of the Court of Cassation in Iraq have repeated cases of mis-trial in cases of terrorism.”

“How can Iraqi lawyers and counter-terrorism judges see what is happening with their hands idle?” She asked.

Anatolia was not immediately available for comment from the Iraqi authorities about the rights group’s report.

According to reports by international human rights organizations, most notably Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, Iraqi prisons witness horrific torture crimes against detainees, while the judiciary relies on confessions extracted under duress under torture.

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