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Article posted on 09/13/10
Author: David Boehm

Amnesty International Maintains Iraq
Holds over 10,000 in Secret Prisons

Trending today is a story by CNN about Amnesty International and their claims that over 10,000 Iraqis are being detained and often tortured in secret prisons

Amnesty estimates that maybe 30,000 Iraqis are being held without trial, and that the authorities have failed to provide accurate numbers. The international human rights organization released a report after the U.S. Military handed over 10,000 detainees following the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The U.S. military responded by saying that the detainees now in the Iraqi judicial system are unlikely "to face torture and ill-treatment."

"The detainee facilities are inspected frequently and abide by the rule of law and international standards for detainee care and management," Lt. Col. Bob Owen said Monday.

"The Ministry of Justice is serving a valuable role here in Iraq. Detainees are fed, clothed, provided medicine and able to meet with family members. The U.S. is not violating any international agreements in Iraq in respect to detainees."

The Iraqi response has been made earlier this year in April by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki when he disputed reports alleging that Iraq is torturing and abusing prisoners in a secret location.

"There are no secret prisons in Iraq at all," al-Maliki stated on Al-Iraqiya TV.

Allegations of torture and abuse at the prison, named Muthanna, were first reported by the Los Angeles Times on April 19. Amnesty International then urged Iraqi officials to investigate the allegations.

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