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Human Rights Watch condemns the government of Iraq

On 27 April, Human Rights Watch published a report condemning systematic and brutal violations of human rights in secret Iraqi prisons. The methods of interrogation referred to in the report were used at Muthanna prison in Baghdad, under the jurisdiction of the Military Office of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

Human Rights Watch interviewed 42 people who talked about the conditions to which they were subjected (to), and gave detailed descriptions of the harassment and torture they suffered in order to force them to sign confessions to crimes such as complicity with terrorism or being Baathists.

The current situation in Iraq is influenced by the recent elections and the very tight margin of victory for Prime Minister Al-Maniki, and there is the danger that tensions may exacerbate tribal conflicts and lead the country into a new cycle of violence.