Mar 5 2014
Iraqi authorities are detaining thousands of Iraqi women illegally and subjecting many to torture and ill-treatment, including rape and sexual abuse. And they don’t even have sharia law there. At least, not yet.
HRW The 105-page report, “‘No One Is Safe’: Abuses of Women in Iraq’s Criminal Justice System,”documents abuses of women in detention based on interviews with women and girls, Sunni and Shia, in prison; their families and lawyers; and medical service providers in the prisons at a time of escalating violence involving security forces and armed groups.
“Iraqi security forces and officials act as if brutally abusing women will make the country safer,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and N. Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “In fact, these women and their relatives have told us that as long as security forces abuse people with impunity, we can expect security conditions to worsen.”