Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Iraq remains in cycle of abuses

While the row over the alleged manipulation of intelligence by politicians ahead of the invasion of Iraq shows no sign of abating, the human rights legacy is relatively clear: it is dire.

Saddam Hussein's brutal rule is long gone, but Iraq remains enmeshed in a grim cycle of abuses, including attacks on civilians, the near-systematic torture of detainees, followed by unfair trials and use of the death penalty.

Weapons of Mass Destruction didn't exist in 2003 and, for the most part, the human rights gains promised failed to materialise.

KATE ALLEN

Amnesty International UK, London

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