Saturday, July 23, 2005

Child sex abuse at Abu Ghraib?

Does this explain why BushCo is blocking the release of photos & video of Abu Ghraib?

A Sunday Herald investigation has discovered that coalition forces are holding more than 100 children in jails such as Abu Ghraib. Witnesses claim that the detainees – some as young as 10 – are also being subjected to rape and torture. [1Aug04]
It's true that some of these children may have picked up a stone or a gun. But coalition intelligence officers told the Red Cross that 70 percent to 90 percent of detainees in Iraq are eventually found innocent and released. Many innocent children are swept up with their parents in chaotic nighttime dragnets based on tips from unreliable informants. "We know of children under 15," Clarisa Bencomo of Human Rights Watch told me, "held for over a year at Guantanamo Bay, whom the government later said were not security risks." Even if a child is found guilty, he or she should be treated humanely, rather than tortured or "rendered," as the C.I.A. puts it, to third parties that torture... [World War 4 Report 30Jun05]
The International organization "Save The Children" called on the Danish government to mediate immediately with the coalition forces in Iraq in order to release children detained in the Iraqi jails.

The chairman of the organization's branch in Denmark ( Red Barnette ) Neals Hurdal said that some of those children were exposed to bad treatment and their basic rights were violated.

The call of the organization was made after a German TV station on Monday screened a documentary film talking about more than 100 Iraqi children detained in Iraq. [Arabic News 8Jul05]

More here, here, here & here

"If you don't violate someone's human rights some of the time, you probably aren't doing your job."[WaPo 25Dec02]

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