Iraqi Forces Rape Women Prisoners

    Iraqi female detainees hide their faces after being freed on February 28, 2013 in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. 160 prisoners were freed today and Iraq has freed 4,000 prisoners since the beginning of 2013, Deputy Prime Minister Hussein al-Shahristani said Thursday, in an apparent bid to placate protesters in Sunni areas of the country.  AFP/ PHOTO/ ALI AL-SAADI        (Photo credit should read ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images)


    Women in Iraqi prisons, the majority of which are from the Sunni minority, are being illegally held, and tortured and raped. That's the conclusion from a new report by Human Rights Watch. HRW says that the women were arrested to gauge their male relatives’ support for militant groups or to harass the males, as opposed to actual crimes committed by the women. “Iraqi security forces and officials act as if brutally abusing women will make the country safer,” HRW deputy Middle East and North Africa director Joe Stork said.

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